A leafy project blooms

Coun Paul Galley and Coun Tony Williams with one of the trees planted along Anchorsholme Lane, Blackpool.
Coun Paul Galley and Coun Tony Williams with one of the trees planted along Anchorsholme Lane, Blackpool.
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LEAFY Anchorsholme will soon be an apt description for one part of Blackpool as a tree planting programme rolls on.

More than 20 new trees will be planted this spring along the grass verges of Anchorsholme Lane as part of a scheme funded through ward budgets and recycling.

The latest planting follows on from the 18 trees put in place on North Drive.

Anchorsholme councillor Paul Galley, who has led the campaign along with Coun Tony Williams, said: “Research proves that urban trees bring many benefits to an area including stable house prices, increased investment and even reduce anti-social behaviour.

“Coun Williams and I created the Anchorsholme Tree Programme to co-ordinate the funding and location of the trees.”

Under the private finance initiative (PFI) waste management deal with Blackpool Council, the more waste the council recycles, the more free trees it secures for planting.

Coun Galley added: “Once the new trees are planted in the spring, it will mean in the last 12 months we will have planted 42 trees in Anchorsholme all funded through a combination of using some of our ward budget and tapping into the Blackpool wide PFI recycling project.

“These 42 trees are just the start and the next stage of the programme will see us working with the council and residents to plant trees along the rest of Anchorsholme Lane and other areas of Anchorsholme. This is a 20 year project for Anchorsholme but by the end of the programme Anchorsholme will have something future generations will really be proud of.”

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