Over one hundred new trees will be planted along the Gloucester South West Bypass this week as the County Council’s contribution to the ‘1000 Trees’ campaign.

The opening of the bypass coincides with the 1000th birthday of the county of Gloucestershire, which is being celebrated this year with the planting of one thousand new saplings across the county.

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, Peter Bungard, will be planting the first of the Council’s contribution next week.

Although the Netheridge section of the Bypass was opened to traffic on the 25th May, the County Council has had to wait until this coming planting season to finish the scheme. Weed clearance has recently been carried out and landscape planting will start shortly to supplement the trees with areas of shrubs and grassland. The County Council has appointed contractor Abbey Forestry to do these works.

The ‘1000 Trees’ campaign is open to individuals and companies in the county to plant or sponsor a tree with the aim of planting a total of one thousand new trees across Gloucestershire – 1000 new trees for 1000 years of history.

TV personalities, schools, actors and businesses have already started planting trees as part of the campaign and UCAS Chief Executive, Anthony McClaran, planted the first of 1000 in the company grounds last week.

An information pack with details of how to make a donation is available which includes advice for anyone wanting to grab their wellies and plant a tree themselves. Anyone wanting to know more about 1000 Trees or sponsorship options can contact Laura Fleming on 01242 714863.