Volunteers and supporters gathered to mark the planting of more than half a million trees in Bradford.

The major milestone in Forest of Bradford’s history was celebrated with a tree dedication ceremony in City Park. The community woodland project – overseen by Bradford Environmental Action Trust – has planted more than 500,000 trees across the district since it began in 1996, towards a target of one million trees.

Supported by about 700 volunteers each year including local schools, groups, individuals and businesses, the project plants around 30,000 native trees each year.

About 450 acres of woodland and 1.5 miles of hedgerows have been planted on farmland, in school grounds and in public open spaces.

Project manager Ian Butterfield said: “Forest of Bradford developed as a result of local people deciding they wanted to do something about the low level of tree cover in the district. Many hundreds of people have been involved over the years, and thanks are due to all of them.”