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As the planting season draws to a close, Parks Leader and Vice Convener of Transport and Environment Councillor Karen Doran today paid a visit to the Council’s Inch Nursery to see how trees are nurtured before being planted in Edinburgh’s streets and parks.

During her visit Cllr Doran welcomed the arrival of 2,000 new saplings of various species (including rowan, sweet chestnut, whitebeam, walnut, lime, holm oak and sycamore, to name just a few) to the Nursery. These young specimens will be grown on and cared for over the next few years to allow them to reach sufficient maturity for planting across the city.

Cllr Doran with Senior Trees and Woodlands Officer Paul Vine

She also inspected a collection of trees being prepared for planting over the coming weeks in various locations, including the Meadows and the Cammo Estate.

Cllr. Doran said: “We know people in Edinburgh care deeply about trees – and we do, too. Since the start of this Administration in May 2017 more than 12,000 trees have been planted across the city and these new saplings I’ve seen today at Inch Nursery will be joining them in a few years’ time once they’ve been carefully nurtured by our fantastic forestry team.

“Trees add so much to our quality of life. They help keep the air clean, they provide homes to a huge range of wildlife and they even reduce the risk of flooding.

“I want to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our Parks, Greenspace and Cemeteries staff. They do an excellent job and are helping to keep Edinburgh a greener, healthier and altogether more pleasant place for everyone.”