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Save the Trees and Verges on Milton Road, Cambridge, UK

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The Greater Cambridge City Deal are proposing to widen Milton Road, chopping down the beautiful cherry trees, removing the grass verges and replacing them with acres of tarmac. As many as 83% of the trees on Milton Road are destined to be removed if these proposals go ahead.

The local residents are horrified that their avenue will be turned into a treeless corridor, closing key routes into side streets and splitting the community in two.

Recent research has encouraged towns and cities to plant trees and shrubs along roads, citing the environmental advantages not only for air quality but also for the well being of citizens by reducing stress. Grass verges in addition to tree roots help with drainage problems. Some cities in the UK have actually changed their road lay-outs to incorporate trees. Cambridge should be at the forefront of such developments. There are many alternatives to widening the road.

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