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Leven Park - Proposed Environmental Improvements
We have developed plans for the planting of approximately 3,500 young trees in Leven Park, Yarm. The proposed scheme would take approximately one-third of the mown grassland and convert it to woodland, changing the overall feel and character of the park in the process.
The proposals to improve Leven Park also include the installation of additional play equipment in the play area including a small slide within the boundary of the existing play area. The proposals include the installation of a set of 5-A-side goals. The goals would be a set of junior goal posts, 3.75m wide X 1.25m high, separated by approximately 16m. The goals would be located next to the play area, behind the cricket club.
The trees that we propose to plant are all native trees commonly found around Northern England, such as Oak, Birch, Maple and Beech.
The trees will be provided by a local nursery which ensures they are ‘biosecure’ and will be able to tolerate the local conditions as well as ensuring no pathogens or diseases are imported to the area.
Planting and Maintenance
After the first year of the trees being planted, we will ensure the maintenance of the trees by applying herbicide to prevent weeds. This practise has been identified by organisations such as the Forestry Commission as being beneficial for the trees to help establish them.
After the first year there will be no other maintenance of the planted areas. This means that in the first instance the grass between the trees will grow long. Whilst this will be beneficial for wildlife, it may also mean we will see other plants such as docs and thistles. It will then take a few years for other plants more associated with woodland to show.
After 10 years the trees will be well established. About this time is when the first ‘thinning’ of the trees will take place, removing poorer and weaker trees allowing the stronger more dominant trees to develop further. Further thinning operations will then be required over the years.
The Benefits of Planting Trees
There are lots of benefits that the tree planting scheme will bring to the community including:
- Building community spirit and help educate communities about the benefits of trees and nature, whilst having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, reducing stress and encouraging outdoor activities
- Creating a wildlife habitat and increasing pollinator numbers
- Removing and storing carbon from the air plus they will help to clean the air and absorb odours and pollutants
- Bringing economic benefits to an area by reducing green-space maintenance costs and by raising house prices on aesthetic grounds
- It will also help to reduce flood risk, soil erosion and trees will benefit from the soil conditions
We would like to know your views. To have your say you can register your views and comments here.
We are also looking for people who would like to be involved in the creation of the woodland. We are looking for people to attend our event during National Tree Week* (Saturday 28 November 2020). Register you interest here.
*This event will be subject to the latest government Covid-19 restrictions.