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Young people in Swansea help replace vandalised trees

Young people in Swansea have helped to replant trees in a Swansea community after a spate of vandalism resulted in newly planted trees being ripped up.

penlan trees

Swansea Council is aiming to make Penlan greener and started a tree planting scheme in 2019 where more than 300 trees were planted on green spaces and in streets in the community.

The semi-mature trees being planted include a wide variety of native and ornamental species such as oak and birch, ornamental pears and cherries, alder, maple, rowan, Austrian pine and sweet gum.

Vandals have since ripped up a number of trees at Heol Gwyrosydd and Penderry Road.

Young people that are part of the Youth Justice Service have now pitched in with the Council's Parks Team to replace the damaged trees.

The tree-planting initiative is part of the Council's wider improvements being completed in communities across the city to help meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). Thousands of council-homes in the city have already received major upgrades with new kitchens and bathrooms installed to help meet the target.

Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "We want our tenants to live in good quality homes within a safe and secure community - a green environment will help us achieve this.

"The new tree planting is a small but important part of multi-million pound improvements we're making to our housing stock.

""It was disappointing to discover the new trees had been targeted so soon after they had been planted.

"The young people within the Youth Justice Service have done an excellent job in assisting the Council with the replanting exercise. Hopefully it will send a positive message out to other young people in the city that they can contribute to a greener, improved community environment."

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