City Centre trees will help create a greener space and support economic recovery
When visitors return to Hereford City Centre following lockdown they are set to experience a greener space with dozens of new trees being introduced over the coming weeks.
The trees, which will be in new planters, will help to create a more attractive environment for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors. The planters which also have seating attached, will ensure the City Centre is a place where people want to stay longer, spend and enjoy leisure time, helping to support the economic recovery of local shops and businesses. The new trees and plants will also support an improvement in air quality and biodiversity.
The improvements build upon the current refurbishment of the City Centre and the council’s Greener City project which has provided trees for local residents, businesses and organisations. The new trees are set to enhance High Town and the surrounding area including Commercial Street, Eign Gate, Widemarsh Street and Trinity Square. Smaller kerbside planters will also be introduced on St Owen’s Street.
While significantly increasing the number of trees in the City Centre, all of the planters will be movable to allow for events such as the May Fair and the regular markets held in High Town.
Work to replace some existing benches with the new planters and seating is due to start from Monday 29 March. It is expected to take around four weeks to get all of the new trees, planters and seating in place.