Nine new trees have been planted in Olveston as part of a biodiversity project.

Four different varieties have been planted at the Vicarage Lane playing field by Olveston Parish Council’s Making Space for Wildlife group.

They were joined for the tree planting day on Sunday by 1st Olveston Scout Group, who asked to help after noticing and advertisement for the event.

Refreshments were also served while children were able to make wildflower seed bombs and bird feeders.

Organiser Melinda Evans said: “We estimate we had over 50 people come along in all, which is a marvellous turnout.

The trees were donated by South Gloucestershire Council via the Woodland Trust. The two organisations are working together to plant thousands of trees across the area.

The council has just begun its first tree planting phase of a three-year project, which will result in around 15,000 tree whips being planted in public open spaces.

Last year the council declared a climate emergency and committed to having net zero emissions by 2030.

Speaking about the target and the tree planting project last year council leader Toby Savage said: “This is by no means an easy feat, and while we are exploring new technologies, it is always important to go back to basics, and look to nature for that extra helping hand.”

SGC are aiming to give away a further 1,000 trees to town and parish councils to plant on their own land, while the Making Space for Wildlife project also plan to plant more trees around Olveston next winter and hope to create a new community orchard.