Tree-mendous efforts have been made to improve the streets of South Shields.
National green services provider Glendale Civic Trees has completed work on a regeneration programme which will improve public spaces for people, businesses and tourists in the town.
Streets in South Shields have been overhauled to provide better access for pedestrians between the town centre and the seafront, through the creation of a gateway.
The company has carried out environmental improvements as part of the refurbishment, and the landscape has been enhanced with 58 trees being planted to create a boulevard feel.
The planting followed a programme of preparation carried out by Glendale’s arboriculture team in South Shields, involving the removal of mature trees, grinding stumps, assisting engineers with the installation of an underground system and providing tree soil. The depot was instrumental in removing festive lights and trees and also provided an apprentice to work alongside the team, assisting with after-care work such as watering.
The development, an initiative of South Tyneside Council, is part of a wholescale regeneration of the area.
The majority of the work has taken place on Ocean Road. Roads have been resurfaced and narrowed, with better-positioned parking bays to make the area more pedestrian friendly.
Glendale Civic Trees worked with the council’s design and arboriculture teams on early proposals, providing advice on species selection and tree-pit design.
Chris Mills, general manager at Civic Trees, said: “The improvements will bring countless benefits to the area.
“A fresh look will create a more attractive, inviting feel, which, in turn, will attract more visitors, increase tourism and provide a boost to the local economy.
“The wider programme of work means more space for pedestrians and an increase in parking spaces, meaning better access to shops and businesses, and we are happy to have been part of a scheme which has the interests of local people at its core.”
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “The improvements aim to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment for residents and visitors to Ocean Road by improving road safety and providing better parking facilities.
“These wonderful new trees will help to ensure this key link between South Shields town centre and seafront area continues to be a great asset.”
Glendale Civic Trees provides landscaping, arboriculture and countryside management services across the UK, specialising in the supply and planting of semi-mature trees.