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HIGHWAYS AGENCY TAKES PART IN NATIONAL TREE WEEK

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The Highways Agency will be planting over 500 trees nationwide, during the next week to mark 'National Tree Week' s...
The Highways Agency will be planting over 500 trees nationwide, during the next week to mark 'National Tree Week' starting today under the banner title of 'Trees for Wildlife'.

'This indicates the on-going commitment by the agency to reduce the impact that roads have on people and the environment.

During the last financial year the Highways Agency has planted nearly 95 hectares, an area equivalent to 76 full size football pitches of trees and shrubs alongside completed schemes, plus a further 33 hectares of wild flowers', says Vivien Bodnar, head of the environmental policy division at the Highways Agency.

'We are delighted once again to be organising events as part of this initiative which is organised by the Tree Council.

'The Highways Agency is set to let 36 contracts with a combined value of £4m in the next few weeks to plant trees and shrubs alongside trunk roads and motorways.

'This will include a range of more than 40 broadleaved - native species which will be planted throughout England, including Ash, Beech, Alder, Oak and Hazel.'

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