Conservationists secure money for 500 trees in Plymouth

Conservationists have secured £48,000 worth of funding to plant 500 trees in Plymouth.

The money has come from a government scheme to increase the number of trees in towns and cities.

A group of volunteers from Plymouth's Tree Partnership and the city council applied for the funding.

The new trees will be planted by residents and community groups in the city. Planting will begin this winter, the partnership said.

The authority's parks manager, Nick Maker, said: "Plymouth Tree Partnership has been contributing [by planting and caring for trees] since 2003 and this new funding will take its activities to a new level."

The planting will be supported by trained staff using specialist equipment from the parks' services, the tree partnership said.

The money has come from the Government's Big Tree Plant programme.

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