A joint application from Cardiff Civic Society and Canton Grows Wild to the Postcode Local Trust has resulted in a £10k grant to plant trees, including fruit trees, flowering shrubs, and edible plants, in areas of Riverside that currently have little greenery.
The importance of green space to the population’s health and wellbeing is immense, providing areas of calm and quiet in our busy lives. Trees are also valuable for improving air quality, providing shade, as well as soaking up excess water run-off during our protracted wet periods.
What’s more, a single tree provides enough oxygen for four people.
Flowering plants will help create a source of food for bees and other important pollinators, and help provide a ‘pollinator corridor’ between larger areas of green space. Without the pollination service provided by insects, and in particular bees, many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.
The project will run from now until late autumn/early winter, when the trees will be planted, and will involve volunteers from the community.