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Tata Steel gets to the root of air quality in Port Talbot

16 April 2013 No Comment

There’s definitely something in the air in Port Talbot thanks to a new tree planting scheme which saw volunteers from Tata Steel and other local organisations plant more than 200 saplings to boost air quality.

Part of the Urban Trees Port Talbot scheme, Tata Steel, Costain, NPTCBC and pupils from Duffryn School, along with David Rees AM, dug deep to plant a mixture of specially-chosen trees known for their air-cleansing properties along new Harbour Way, adjacent to Tata Steel’s General Stores building.

Tata Steel branches out with sapling planting

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The planting project is part of a wider initiative which will see over 1,000 trees planted at several selected sites in Taibach and Margam. A single tree is estimated to reduce the concentration of pollutants in its immediate surroundings by 15 to 20 per cent and the varieties chosen for planting include Norway Maple, Common Alder, Hazel, Scots Pine and Silver Birch.

Tata Steel breathes easy with new tree scheme for better air

The Urban Trees Port Talbot scheme is funded by the Welsh Government ‘Tranquil, Greener and Cleaner Spaces’ grant scheme and also by the Environment Agency ‘Making a Difference’ funding stream. It was launched by the Local Service Board – made up of representatives from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Welsh Government, the Environment Agency Wales, Forestry Commission Wales, the Health Board and Public Health Wales – to help local people understand how poor air quality impacts health.

Tata Steel digs deep for urban trees scheme

Other initiatives planned for the Urban Trees Port Talbot scheme include community planting days in the Taibach and Margam communities, and free trees for residents to plant in their gardens.

For more details visit www.npt.gov.uk/coedtalbottrees, or contact 01639 686845 email: greener@npt.gov.uk

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