RESIDENTS in Aireborough and Wharfedale are being invited to join a mass tree planting project.

Some 5.8 million trees are to be planted across Leeds over the next 25 years as part of the city’s programme to tackle climate change.

About 50 hectares of land will be allocated each year to accommodate the new saplings which will be planted through Leeds City Council’s Woodland Creation scheme.

Children, schools and families can get involved by collecting seeds from trees in their local parks or woodland to be grown into saplings at The Arium - the council’s parks nursery at Whinmoor.

Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles, Councillor Mohammed Rafique, said: “There will be great opportunities for children and young people to learn about the importance of addressing climate change, the benefits of growing and planting trees and increasing biodiversity.”