Nearly 10,000 trees which are being planted by Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration, the joint venture between St Modwen Properties and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, to landscape the new A50 junction will also make a significant long-term contribution towards countering the effects of global warming.
It is estimated that over the next 40 years the trees will absorb about 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide which equates to the emission of some 670,000 vehicle miles.
The tree planting on some 5.5 acres alongside the 400-acre Trentham Lakes forms an integral part of the £9 mil A50 junction scheme completed last autumn and fulfils a promise given by the developer to nearby residents prior to the construction work starting.
Euan Lindsay, development surveyor with Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration, said: “Landscaping is all too often considered purely on aesthetic grounds but as this estimate of carbon dioxide absorption clearly demonstrates, visual amenity is not the only consideration.
“When all the planting is completed and matured, we will have delivered the improvements as promised and as well as improving the carbon footprint there will be significant benefits to certain wild life which somewhat surprisingly find the industrial areas adjoining the road network a safe haven.”
For further information contact Euan Lindsay (01782 281844). Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).