Fifty semi mature trees are set to be planted along a Swansea road as part of new cycle route plans.
Last year, Swansea Council surveyed all trees along Mayals Road – a route known for its tree-lined appearance and out of 127 surveyed, 19 were discovered to be diseased or dying and are now in the process of being felled to make the route safe.
Plans are now in place to replace all the felled trees with a wide variety of semi mature trees, using Active Travel funding the council has received to create a new safe cycle route along the street.
Among the list of species of trees to be replanted are 20 Sweetgum trees and 19 Maple trees of different variety. Other trees to feature in the scheme include Himalayan Birch, Small Leaf Lime and River Birch.
The replanting of the trees is expected to be completed following the construction of a 1.6km hybrid cycle lane which is being created either side of the road and will help provide a link between the Swansea seafront and Gower common.
The Council also aims to develop a further link along Clyne common and link up the with the Bishopston community, providing a single route between Swansea Bay and Gower.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management, said: “All of our completed Active Travel schemes we have developed across Swansea have been developed sensitively taking into account the natural environment.
“The scheme along Mayals Road is no different and in fact we believe we will be improving the route by increasing the total number of trees along its length.
“The variety of tree species we have selected will complement those already established and will replace the small number of trees which have sadly succumbed to disease.”
You can find out more about the Mayals scheme and other Active Travel projects at this link: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/activetravelschemes
If you want to explore the network near you there’s a handy journey planner here: https://swanseabayways.co.uk/