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Trees to beautify grounds at Hereford livestock market

With a little help from eager volunteers, 1262 new trees were planted at Hereford’s Livestock Market today (Wednesday, 20 Feb), thanks to the Green Infrastructure Initiative that helps ensure we can continue to enjoy the benefits of green spaces around the county.

In addition to the Diamond Shape of trees planted at Hereford Livestock Market to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee Year (carried out in November 2012), the National Farmers’ Union with funding from the Green Infrastructure Project and in collaboration with Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire Tree Forum and Natural England, propose to substantially augment the initial project through further native woodland and fruit tree planting.

In addition to the volunteers, local dignitaries Lady Darnley, Herefordshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Councillor Russell B Hamilton, cabinet member for environment, housing and planning. Councillor Liz Chave, ward member for Three Elms and Geoff Hughes, council director for places and communities will be out to help with the planting.

A variety of  trees, (Oak, Hawthorn, Hazel, Field Maple, Holly and Hornbeam) supplied by Wyevale Nurseries will be planted around the perimeter of the site, linking wetland areas and existing SINC’s (Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation), with a further 12 fruit trees (Apple, Cherry, Pear, Plum) being planted at the North Western End of the site.
Green Infrastructure Project Background

Green Infrastructure (GI) is the network of green spaces, places and features that thread through and surround urban areas and connect town to country. This includes public and private spaces, such as parks, gardens, allotments, cemeteries, trees, green roofs and natural habitats such as woodlands, grasslands and wetlands.  The retention, creation and linking of GI features has multiple environmental, economic, social and health benefits. Hereford Urban Tree Forum has recently evolved in order to promote tree planting and other environmental enhancements in Hereford and the market towns.  It includes representatives from Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Council, Amey, The Woodland Trust, Hereford Civic Society, Hereford in Bloom, The Bulmer Foundation and New Leaf.