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Public in Swansea can help create new city woodland

A new woodland is set to be created near playing fields in a Swansea community.

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Swansea Council has joined forces with the charity 'Trees for Cities' to plant 4,000 trees along the perimeter of Mynydd Newydd playing fields in Penlan.

The planting of these trees has been made possible thanks to funding from energy company, npower.

The Council's Nature Conservation Team and Trees for Cities will join up with local groups, schools and the general public in a series of planting sessions where people can get stuck in and plant a tree.

The first planting day took place on February 14 (Valentine's Day) where people could get involved and plant a tree for someone they love.

Once the trees are mature, they will provide a host of environmental benefits, and act as a natural barrier against winds which can often plague sporting events regularly held on the fields.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole community to get involved in creating a new woodland in the city.

"The playing fields at Mynydd Newydd are in a very exposed area which is a perfect location for the trees to be planted. I hope everyone will take part and help us to improve the natural environment of this community."

Rory Field, Corporate Partnerships Director at Trees for Cities said: "We're thrilled to be working with Swansea Council to create this new woodland, which will not only act as a barrier to wind, but serve as urban green space for the local community to enjoy.

"This has been made possible thanks to funding from energy company npower. We plant a tree for every customer who signs up to their Go Green tariff for 90 days or longer, providing 100% renewable energy to households up and down the UK."

Another public planting day will take place on February 22.

The announcement of the new woodland follows on from the planting of 170 trees in the city centre as part of the Kingsway redevelopment work. The new trees will be planted in The Kingsway, Mansel Street, Christina Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road, Belle Vue Way and De-La Beche Street - and when completed will bring the total number of trees to 220 - more than double the number that were there before the redevelopment works started.

Cllr Thomas added: "The Kingsway area's new trees will help create the high quality green artery through the city centre that we aspire to. When the work is completed around the end of this year there will be lots more trees, lots more greenery and a more welcoming ambience in the city centre. The new trees are part of a process to plant more trees and improve greening throughout Swansea."

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