Tree planting days to help new East Leeds transport infrastructure take root
Thousands of trees are being planted as the first phase of East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) makes use of peak planting time.
Following work on Outer Ring Road junctions which has seen some trees being taken out to allow improvements to the route, over 4,000 extra trees are being planted to create a new wet woodland enhance the area at the Roundhay Park Lane junction.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for transport, said:
“ELOR is providing significant future benefits for people in Leeds, not just through better travel, but also improved environment. This new woodland will provide a range of ecological and environmental benefits, including management of rainwater run-off, more habitats for wildlife to thrive and helping management of vehicle emissions.
“We are delighted to have two community tree planting days planned for Wednesday 13th March and Saturday 16th March 2019 which we’d like volunteers to come along to and join us as we create a lasting environmentally friendly area.”
Anyone interested in attending can find out more details at the ELOR website, where they can sign up for further information and updates about the project: https://www.elor.uk/
Volunteers can sign up for sessions:
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019
At the start of work on the scheme Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:
“The East Leeds Orbital Route is an excellent example of the significant support the Combined Authority is providing to key City Region infrastructure projects through our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.
“We have already approved over £145.23 million of investment through the Transport Fund on schemes designed to support inclusive growth, job creation and the construction of new homes.”