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Kingsway trees to be transplanted in other parts of the city

Swansea Council is transplanting 13 trees earmarked for removal from the Kingsway as part of the £12million redevelopment

Kingsway Pocket Park

The Council has carried out a survey of trees along the route and adjoining roads to assess which trees can remain and which need to be removed.

The survey has looked a total of 110 trees and concluded 57 need to be removed. 13 of the 57 trees will be transplanted to other parts of the city.

The remaining trees being removed have either caused significant damage to pavements, are unhealthy and diseased or will eventually outgrow the environment they are in.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "We have taken this work very seriously to only remove trees that absolutely need to be taken out.

"Some of the trees were planted many years ago following the dutch elm disease problems and the trees, whilst being large, are only a third of their way through their growth, meaning they will eventually become far too big for where they are.

"We are doing all we can to look at alternative options to simply chopping them down. This has enabled us to transplant 13 trees from the Kingsway to other locations."

As part of the overall scheme, 170 new trees are also being planted along the Kingsway, Orchard Street and Alexandra Road, creating an urban park and providing an increase in green areas.

Cllr Thomas added: "I'm confident that the people of Swansea will support the work we are doing to enhance this city centre location and make it greener than it's ever been.

"By the time it's complete, there will be more than double the number of trees along The Kingsway, compared to what is there at present."

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