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19th December 2011
New trees are being planted along some of Ripon’s major routes in a joint venture between Ripon Civic Society and Harrogate Borough Council, with help from North Yorkshire County Council.

The Civic Society approached the two councils to have roadside trees planted in the city, both in new locations and where trees had been removed over the years. The Society surveyed the main approaches to the city and identified places where trees could be planted.

Over the coming weeks, Harrogate Borough Council’s arboriculture staff will plant 45 new trees on Knaresborough Road, Boroughbridge Road, Kirkby Road and Palace Road, as well as by Ripon Canal and Paddies Park. There will also be new planting on Hutton Bank on the A61 approach to the roundabout.

The new trees are all standard specimens of native species, and are a mix of lime, oak, beech, hornbeam and alder. They have been partially funded from commuted sums – a compulsory contribution given by developers as part of any agreed planning permissions to help enhance amenity green spaces throughout the district – and from Harrogate Borough Council’s own tree management budgets.

The project has been coordinated for Ripon Civic Society by committee member Richard Taylor (above, with spade; the tree is held by Paul Casey, Harrogate Borough Council's Arboricultural Officer). Richard says, ‘Trees play an important role in the city, and the Civic Society approached Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council to encourage more roadside planting. Both councils have been extremely helpful, and we are very pleased that these new trees are being planted to herald in the Diamond Jubilee Year. The Civic Society will continue to work with the councils to see more trees planted in the city over the coming years.’

As part of its continuing links with Askham Bryan College, the council’s Arboricultural section provides an annual presentation on Tree Management to the college’s second year Horticultural students as well as providing hands- on experience, when they help to plant trees throughout the district. This year the students will be assisting in the planting of ten hornbeam and lime trees species at Knaresborough Road, Ripon, which all forms part of the current Ripon tree planting project.

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