BARNSLEY Council has committed an extra £100,000 towards planting more trees around a new one-way road system following requests from the public.

There are 239 trees in Penny Pie Park, off Dodworth Road, which will lose some of its land for the gyratory’s construction.

The 60 trees that will be removed will be replaced by 64 semi-mature and mature trees, with a more diverse range of species, meaning there will be more trees at the site when the road is finished than currently.

More than a dozen trees, including seven prominent ones on the Dodworth Road side of the park, have been identified as a suitable size for being able to be uplifted and replanted within the park prior to any works being carried out.

The council has been working with tree specialists and landscape architects to identify suitable trees to be preserved by transplanting them further within the park, rather than removing them, a spokesman confirmed.

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Coun Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “We’ve listened to residents’ concerns and taken advice from experts.

“We have committed to uplifting and replanting trees and planting a larger number of new mature trees, and the council has dedicated an extra £100,000 to the scheme to make this happen.”