Palms to be replaced by 'more sustainable' trees
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Palm trees in Torquay's Shiphay Avenue are being replaced by more sustainable sweetgum trees.
Keeping the palms is not considered sustainable owing to various decayed areas within the stems of several of the palms, and the low carbon storage value associated with the palms.
As part of Torbay Council's ongoing commitment to tackling climate change and improving the local environment, work to replace the palms with the new trees along Shiphay Avenue will start at the end of the month.
A council spokesperson said: "Following discussion with local residents and the Community Partnership, the existing cabbage palms will be removed and replaced with 37 new Sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua), which will be more sustainable and better for the local environment in the long term.
"The scheme is being funded from mitigation money received as part of the ongoing Torbay Hospital development and not from council tax or our revenue budget.
This also follows the recent news that 150 Giant Redwood trees - also known as Wellingtonia and Sequoiadendron giganteum - will be planted along Riviera Way.
These were also chosen for their long-term sustainability and the ability to store carbon, as well as complementing existing trees planted in the area in the early 1990s.
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Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet member for infrastructure, environment and culture for Torbay Council, said: “We are very pleased to announce this latest tree planting scheme, which demonstrates once again that the council is committed to long term sustainability and fighting climate change.
“The Sweetgum trees will be able to be able to 'sequester' more carbon over the medium to long term, thus supporting our commitment to the Devon Climate Emergency by having trees that are better for the local environment and are fit for future generations.
“Our Community and Corporate Plan outlines our plans to become a carbon neutral council and work with others to create a carbon neutral community.”