Leicester

Plaque marks 10,000th tree planted in Leicester

Granby Street Gateway Scheme
Image caption Councillors hope the improvements will attract more shoppers into the city

A plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the completion of a project to plant 10,000 trees in Leicester.

The three year scheme was designed to make the city more attractive and reduce its carbon footprint.

Officials from the city council thanked all the volunteers, communities and staff who had helped the scheme.

The plaque, part of the Granby Street Gateway project, bears the words "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The next best time is now".

Brian Stafford, city council development officer for the 10,000 trees project, added: "Involving the community throughout this project has been key to its success - we simply couldn't have done this alone.

"And it's been fantastic to see people take ownership of the areas of new planting that they have had a hand in."

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