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Tree planting will address road pollution and create campus community garden

Staff and students at Staffordshire University have planted more than 100 new trees on its Stoke-on-Trent campus as part of initiatives to capture carbon and improve biodiversity.

The university’s Wild Staffs project is continuing to implement different environmental strategies to protect and encourage biodiversity which has included new tree planting across campus.

Students and staff came together with young people from The Prince’s Trust to plant 100 trees including, hazel, elder, crab apple, dog rose, rowan, and blackthorn on the Leek Road site to encourage local biodiversity and provide safe habitats for wildlife.

This project will play a vital role, not only in the campus transformation, but also with the university’s strategic aims of sustainability and carbon reduction.

Sally McGill, chief financial officer and executive lead for sustainability at Staffordshire University, said: ‘It was great to see so many students, staff and volunteers from the local community come together to create this space. The trees planted will grow to become a carbon capture and reduce localised traffic noise and road pollution, as well as provide a tranquil reading space for staff and students with accessible seating.’

The volunteers also planted wildflowers in the area which borders Leek Road.


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