TREES are set to be planted at a Halesowen beauty spot to replace those brought down by Storm Isha.

Five trees including Oak, Cherry and Wych Elm will be planted at The Leasowes off Mucklow Hill to fill a gap in the canopy created in January when the storm hit, bringing down a horse chestnut, which brought down another two trees.

A fundraiser has been started on gofundme by David Chaffey, chair of the friends of The Leasowes called 'The Leasowes, Storm Isha, Replacing lost trees'.

The appeal states: "Unfortunately during the last winter storm several of our large trees in South Valley were damaged and had to be felled to make the footpath safe.

"This has left quite a gap in the tree canopy, so we would like to replant with the next generation of trees that can enhance the valley.

"We hope to plant 5 trees including oak, cherry and wych elm, which will over time grow into the space left by the larger trees.

"This will create structure and diversity within the wood, enhancing the wildlife value and visual appeal of this area.

"Wych elm are an important foodplant for the caterpillars of the white-letter hairstreak butterfly, of which we have a small population on site.

"Cherry and oak will support hundreds of species of insects which will supply many birds with an important food source.

"The Friends Group is therefore raising the funds to purchase these trees which will cost around £160 each and we would be very grateful for any contribution that you are able to make towards this cause."

The appeal has so far raised £400 towards its £850 target.