Bedford Borough Council have announced that they’ve now received funding through both public and corporate sponsorships and grant funding for over 110 street and celebration trees through their partnership with Trees for Streets.
Residents and businesses from across the local area have been taking part in the programme both individually and by coming together with neighbours, friends and family to sponsor either a tree on their street or a celebration tree in one of Bedford Borough’s award winning parks.
Street trees have a number of benefits for local residents, including producing oxygen, improving air quality, creating shade, helping to prevent flooding and supporting biodiversity. Planting more trees has also been shown to positively affect both physical and mental wellbeing.
By planting more trees in the borough, people will experience these benefits, while also helping to tackle climate change.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said:
“There are an immense number of environmental, health and wellbeing benefits to planting more trees on our streets, so we’re excited to announce that we’ve now received funding for over 110 trees through the Trees for Streets programme. Both businesses and residents have been incredibly engaged with the scheme and have worked together to bring more trees to the streets of Bedford Borough.
“If you would like to sponsor a tree for your street, you have until Monday 5 December to get involved.”
This announcement comes as part of the Council’s plans to plant 10,000 new trees across Bedford Borough after winning funding through the Treescapes Fund and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.
Bedford Borough residents who would like to sponsor a street tree or find out more about the scheme can visit https://sponsor.treesforstreets.org/provider/bedford-borough-council.