The first of more than a thousand trees has been planted in Birkenhead, as part of a project to enhance the transport links connecting local neighbourhoods to the Wirral Waters regeneration area.
Project funders Forestry Commission, BIS and Merseytravel joined Peel Holdings, Wirral BC and The Mersey Forest team to plant a Chinese Ginkgo tree at Ilchester Park to mark the beginning of the Wirral Green Streets project, with a community launch event to follow later this year.
The Mersey Forest is set to plant more than a thousand trees over the next three years as part of the project, which aims to green the transport routes leading to key employment areas.
Around 300 of those trees will be planted this year on streets including Laird Street, Duke Street and Hoylake Road. This follows consultation with local residents about which species they would like to see planted on their streets.
Paul Nolan, Director of the Mersey Forest, said: "Street trees provide many benefits, including helping urban areas adapt to projected climate change and providing much-needed shade in summer, as well as creating attractive routes for walking and cycling.
"The street trees that we will plant as part of this project will improve the appearance and image of Birkenhead and Wallasey, providing a green "gateway" to the opportunities at Wirral Waters.
"We are already planning a community launch event, which will be held in the summer to celebrate the greening of the local area."
Stella Shiu, Chairman of the Samwa Group, Peel's joint venture partner for the Peel International Trade Centre (ITC), said: "We are delighted with the tree planting project. We are also honoured that a number of Ginkho Biloboa trees - the national tree of China - are being planted as part of this project."
The project is being funded by Merseytravel, through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund; Wirral Council; and by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) through the Forestry Commission's Newlands programme.