Council teams up with Barry Action for Nature, The Woodland Trust and Colcot Primary School
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed for Barry Action for Nature to plant 200 saplings and 12 three-foot fruit trees on land near Colcot Primary School.
As part of a project involving the school and funded by the Woodland Trust, the initiative will include birch, hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel and rowan, apple, pear, plum and cherry trees.
The trees will help filter traffic pollution and noise for school pupils as well as absorbing Co2 emissions and providing a habitat for wildlife. Suitable space has been left to ensure they will not intrude on to the nearby cycle path.
As the area is already swept by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the project would involve minimal additional costs, while Barry Action for Nature have committed to maintaining the trees for three years. This will include litter picking in the area, replacing failed trees and tree supports.
Colin Smith, Vale of Glamorgan Council Operational Manager for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, said: “This is a fantastic project that offers school children the opportunity to become involved in looking after an area of their natural environment.
“The planting of theses tress will also help to combat air and noise pollution from the nearby road and provide a habitat for wildlife to thrive.”
Chairman of Barry Action for Nature, Rob Curtis, said: "May I thank all the volunteers, including local residents, who helped and even donated some mountain ash trees. These trees will benefit both the pupils of Colcot School and local wildlife for generations to come.
“As a former pupil of Colcot School I was proud to have been part of the team which have worked so hard to help make the Colcot a greener more wildlife friendly community."