TENS of thousands of city trees are to be planted across England in the first round of Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

13 projects in urban communities have been awarded a share of the £10 million fund, with over 22,000 large trees and 28,000 small trees to be planted in areas including Middlesbrough, Merseyside and Bristol.

Launched in May 2019, the scheme will see 130,000 trees planted across England’s towns and cities by 2021.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “Trees are vital in the fight against climate change, to tackle air pollution and help us achieve our net-zero target by 2050. But for local communities they are so much more. They allow green spaces to come together, help both physical and mental wellbeing, and connect children and young people with nature.

 “Our manifesto sets out our ambition to have every new street lined with trees, and the Urban Tree Challenge Fund complements this ambition, benefitting thousands of people for years to come.”