Thousands of trees are being planted as the first phase of East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) makes use of peak planting time.Work on outer ring road junctions has seen some trees taken out to allow improvements to the route. Over 4,000 extra trees are being planted to create a new wet woodland and enhance the area at the Roundhay Park Lane junction.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for transport, said:
“ELOR is providing significant future benefits for people in Leeds. Not only through better travel, but also improved environment. This new woodland will provide a range of ecological and environmental benefits. This includes management of rainwater run-off, more habitats for wildlife and helping management of vehicle emissions.
“We are delighted to have two community tree planting days planned. These are on Wednesday 13 March and Saturday 16 March 2019. We’d like volunteers to come along to and join us as we create a lasting environmentally friendly area.”
Anyone interested in attending can find out more details at the ELOR website. You can sign up for further information and updates about the project: https://www.elor.uk/
At the start of work on the scheme Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:
“The East Leeds Orbital Route is an excellent example of the significant support the Combined Authority is providing to key City Region infrastructure projects through our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.
“We have already approved over £145.23 million of investment through the Transport Fund. This is on schemes designed to support inclusive growth, job creation and the construction of new homes.”