GOLDTHORPE will be home to Yorkshire’s first ‘Tiny Forest’ in a bid to reach the council’s ambition of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

There will be 600 trees all a mixture of native species located within the Brickyard Ponds site and work is due to be completed by the end of March.

Astrea Academy Dearne played a key role in the Tiny Forest initiative, with students helping design its layout while also learning about the importance of forests to address the climate issue.

Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “Our Tiny Forest project is hugely exciting because of the speed it will become established.

“Within weeks it will be a beautiful addition to the landscape at the Brickyard Ponds and within its first four years it will already be contributing benefits to local communities and our environment.

“For example, we expect the Tiny Forest to help attract local biodiversity and contribute to mitigating urban flooding from rainfall.

“It will also enable people to connect with nature in their local area and by working with Astrea Academy Dearne it will help our young people learn about climate change.”