Swansea Labour is behind a major tree planting scheme which is being rolled out by the city council.
Already, the first 170 new trees of the regeneration scheme have been planted.
The trees stand up to 10m tall and line the city centre’s Orchard Street, with some also up in The Kingsway. It is part of Swansea’s Council’s £12m Kingsway Infrastructure Programme.
Bringing new life and vitality to a key city centre area, trees will also be planted in Mansel Street, Christina Street, Grove Place, Alexandra Road, Belle Vue Way and De-La Beche Street.
The planned total number of trees in these streets – around 220 – will be more than double the number previously there, and there will be greater biodiversity.
By the end of 2019, The Kingsway will be a people-friendly tree-lined urban park with a two-lane road running east and west. After the planting of the first trees, foliage will emerge in spring and the trees will mature in future years.
Swansea Labour’s Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The Kingsway project will double the number of trees in this area of the city centre.
“It will also bring large grassed areas to The Kingsway and extra plants and shrubbery, illustrating Council’s commitment to green infrastructure.
“Along with greatly widened pedestrian areas this will help make the city centre much more people-friendly.”
Labour councillor Robert Francis-Davies, cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “This project will help business generate greater footfall and deliver a powerful economic boost to the city.
“It will create the right environment to attract further investment.”
The Kingsway scheme is among a number of major regeneration projects set to create new wealth across Swansea. They include the Swansea Central Phase One project next to the LC; this will include a 3,500 capacity digital arena and a new coastal parkland.
Improvements to The Kingsway include a 20mph road which, in due course, will be a two-way route.
New zebra crossings there make it easier for pedestrians to make their way to and from shops, services and workplaces.
Labour councillor Mark Thomas, the council’s cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said: “The Kingsway area’s new trees will help create the high quality green artery through the city centre that we aspire to.
“When the work is completed around the end of this year there will be lots more trees, lots more greenery and a more welcoming ambience in the city centre.
“The new trees are part of a process to plant more trees and improve greening throughout Swansea.”
New trees in this scheme will include alder, birch, cherry, lime, maples, flowering pears, snowy mespilus, katsura and Persian ironwood.
They have been chosen for their suitability, form, flowering, leaf texture and autumn colouring as well as practical reasons within the street scene. Generally, the new street trees will be semi-mature or extra-heavy in nature.