Increase in tree planting planned

PUBLISHED: 09:16 26 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

TREE planting in North Somerset is set to be expanded this year, the Mercury has learned.

TREE planting in North Somerset is set to be expanded this year, the Mercury has learned.

Only 35 saplings have been put in the ground over the past year, but a much larger scheme is planned between November 2010 and March 2011.

North Somerset Council says the increase in planting will focus on replacing trees that have recently been felled.

However, in a response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, the unitary authority revealed that is does not record the number being cut down.

The past year has seen 23 trees planted on the Coronation estate, three planted on behalf of members of the public and nine others planted in Clevedon.

A total of 16 Tree Preservation Orders were made in the past year, two of them were dropped after six months, while seven others are yet to be made permanent.

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