Hundreds of trees to be planted across Edinburgh

Over 370 trees are to be planted across Edinburgh over the next few months as the Council undertakes its biggest tree planting programme in the city’s parks in recent years.

A mixture of native and non-native species will be planted in a range of locations across the city.

They will replace many of the trees damaged or felled during storms last year and lost as a result of Dutch Elm disease.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city's Transport and Environment Convener, yesterday (Monday 26 November) kick-started the tree-planting programme by planting the first tree in Princes Street Gardens.

She said: "Over the last few years high winds and Dutch Elm disease have taken their toll on Edinburgh's tree stock and we recognise there is a need to ensure we have a healthy tree population for the future. This will provide a welcome boost to the city's beautiful parks and green spaces, as well as improving the attractiveness of the local area."

373 trees will be planted in total and the programme is expected to be completed by the end of February 2013.

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