“A field maple tree has been planted on the Column roundabout in Shrewsbury to mark the completion of Shropshire Council’s £1m carbon-neutral highways maintenance programme – the first such programme in the UK.

It’s in addition to hundreds of other trees that have been – or will be – planted in rural parts of Shropshire as a result of the programme.

Working in collaboration with contractors Kier and Miles Macadam, and engineering consultants WSP, a trial programme of highways maintenance schemes was delivered across the county last year.

Work was carried out at nine sites, including the A41 at Grindley Brook, the A53 at Shawbury, the A442 at Quatt, ​Coalport Road, the A4117 from the B4363 to Snitton Lane, B4385 Purslow to Three Ashes, B4385 west of the A488, Birch Road in Ellesmere,  and Oswestry Road in Trefonen.

For each scheme consideration was given to reducing the embodied carbon of the construction materials at the design stage by using lower mixing temperatures, lower energy resources and lower bitumen content, whilst producing greater durability than conventional materials.

This led to a reduction of approximately 95-tonnes of carbon emissions.

Shropshire Council Newsroom webpage

To read the full article please click here: https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2022/02/tree-planted-to-mark-success-of-carbon-neutral-highways-maintenance-programme/

Representatives at the treeplanting at Column roundabout in Shrewsbury. Photo: Shropshire Council Newsroom.
Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot