Michael Williams, A421 Project Manager at Central Bedfordshire Council, and Tyler Shaw, an apprentice engineer working for the contractors, Morgan Sindall, donating some of the trees to pupils of Walton High school. Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

Council is transplanting 300 young trees

As part of its project to upgrade the A421 road links between Junction 13 of the M1 motorway in Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire Council has been out donating tree saplings to the local community.

The council is transplanting 300 young trees, as they were growing where the new dual carriageway road will be built.

Yesterday (11 June 2019) the first relocated trees were delivered to pupils at the Walton High school at Brooklands in Milton Keynes. Other trees are being donated to the HULA Animal Rescue Centre in Aspley Guise, and to Brogborough Parish Council.

Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“Trees help support biodiversity, limit climate change and make an area more attractive, and we didn’t want these saplings to go to waste. Rather than cut them down, we’ve been eco-friendly and relocated them instead.

“We are delighted that we’ve been able to find them such great new homes where local schoolchildren, residents and the rescue animals at the HULA centre will all be able to enjoy them instead.”

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and Milton Keynes Council have been working in partnership to improve links between Junction 13 of the M1 motorway in Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. The improvements have been supported with £23.5m investment from SEMLEP through their Local Growth Fund, as well as £3m from each council.

CBC says that the upgraded A421 road will also help improve access to planned developments in Central Bedfordshire, such as 5,000 homes proposed in new villages in the Marston Vale area (which is within Central Bedfordshire Council’s submitted Local Plan), as well as 40 hectares of employment land that are anticipated to bring 2,500 jobs.

Also, it will help improve access to Ridgmont train station, which is due to be enlarged as part of Network Rail’s East-West Rail project.