FRUIT orchards could be planted across Darlington's parks as part of the council's latest Tree and Woodland strategy

Consultation on plans to plant more trees in the borough took place in early autumn and Darlington Council's cabinet will be asked to adopt the new strategy when it meets next Tuesday, December 8.

If adopted, it could see fruit orchards planted in parks and up to 20,000 new trees planted - double the number than what was originally proposed.

In addition, it could see two trees planted for every single tree lost.

Councillor Andy Keir, cabinet member for local services, said: “Many thanks to the individuals and groups who took the time to get involved and have their say.

"The consultation confirmed our belief that there are very strong feelings around the protection of our trees and woodland and the need to do more.

“Trees and woodland are a precious resource and, not only add to the visual appeal and beauty of an area, but play a crucial part in carbon capture, protecting the environment and providing essential habitats for wildlife.

“However, feedback also revealed that a balance needs to be found when considering the needs of residents, developers and landowners when trees, for various reasons, need to be removed.

“I feel that the revisions made to this strategy help to address these issues and set out our plan of action for the coming years.

"This will ensure Darlington plays its part in preventing climate change and protects and enhances its natural heritage for the benefit of generations to come.

“In terms of climate change, the next five years or so are crucial not just for Darlington, but for the whole of the planet. I am pleased that we are playing our part on a local level and look forward to starting work on this plan.”