Located on Market Place, it is thought the six-week project will cost around £163,000 with council chiefs hoping it will bring increased footfall into the area. It will be able to provide outdoor dining space for 100 people as well as hosting entertainment acts. The name Forest for the Future was picked by 433 young people across the city, who chose their favourite from a six-strong shortlist. It is hoped the forest can leave a legacy in the city.
The Forest for Change project "will support the council's climate change plan by carbon storage and sequestration, temperature regulation, noise reduction, landscape enhancement, recreation as well as educational and cultural value".