Councillors and sponsors dig in to help with Scartho Top tree-planting project
A PROJECT to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year is making a tree-mendous difference.
Residents on Scartho Top are being greeted by a new leafy addition to the street scene in the form of 60 new trees.
The planting on the verges of Scartho Park and the surrounding area started on Monday, and is expected to be completed within a week.
Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for tourism and culture, from North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "Many organisations have come together to make this possible and it's one of a number of tree planting projects within the borough to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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"The trees will help to transform this road, which is the gateway to a popular housing area for families, and will be enjoyed by many generations to come.
"It is planting for the future and in 10 years time it will look fantastic.
"It was a great idea to do this and it has been a pleasure to work with all the sponsors."
North East Lincolnshire Council in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places has worked closely with a number of sponsors and housing developers who have contributed to the tree planting. Linden Homes sales director Steve Woomble said: "It has been a truly remarkable year in terms of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and this scheme allows us to become a part of local history in marking the 2012 milestone.
"The trees will not only enhance the local area, but will be enjoyed by everyone living in and around Scartho Top – including many of our own residents."
Managing Director of Cyden Homes, Simon Dyson, added: "We are proud to be supporting this event and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee has marked a memorable year for England and across the world. It is appropriate to be commemorating 2012 with a contribution that will last in the memory whilst creating an environment that will benefit residents both today and in the future."
And Redrow Homes Construction director, Ross Walton, said: "By planting these trees in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year we're ensuring that the occasion is remembered not just by those living at Scartho Top now but those who will live here in the future."
Residents in the area have welcomed the additional trees.
Beckie Allen of McCarthy Close, said: "I like the trees but I have a feeling that some of them might be pulled up.
"I know lads around the area like to play football in some of the green areas so we will see how long some of them last.
"But the planting has been a good idea and makes the area look more defined."
Student Melissa Kirby, 16, from Grimsby said: "I have noticed the new trees and they look great.
"We need more green areas everywhere in town."