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19th March 2024

Work to plant 323 semi-mature trees in multiple city centre locations and surrounding areas has started.

As part of the Queens Gardens redevelopment, trees are being planted at Victoria Dock, Connexin Live, Liddell Street park and Hull History Centre.

To date, 60 trees have been planted, these include a wide range of species to enhance biodiversity and air quality throughout the city centre and immediate surrounding areas. The species include Acer campestre (Field Maple), Betula pendula (Silver Birch), Prunus padus (Bird Cherry), Ginkgo bilboa (Ginkgo) and three separate varieties of Ulmus (Elms) all of which are certified as resistant to Dutch elm disease.

98 trees have been planted within Queens Gardens as part of the first phase of planting, species include a mix of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) and Taxodium distichum (Swamp Cypress), Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), Acer freemanii (Autumn Blaze) and Silver and Himalayan Birch to name a few.

As part of the council’s commitment, there is a 3:1 ratio, for every tree removed, three will be replanted within the Queens Gardens and across other locations.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “Now, as tree planting in Queens Gardens is nearing completion, this phase of off-site planting is well underway.

“The additional trees have been selected appropriate for each location and will make a positive and long-lasting impact to these areas, meeting our 3:1 commitment and being a green city.”

Following completion of the planting , Gavin Jones, Landscape Contractor will maintain the new trees for 36 months to ensure they successfully establish.

Once the initial maintenance period has ended, the responsibility for ongoing management and maintenance will transfer to Hull City Council.

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