Retro-fit trees into housing estates to bring nature back, charity to tell councils - The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust will challenge councils to bring back nature to the places we live as councillors and officers converge on the Local Government Association (LGA) Conference in Bournemouth on 4 July 2023.

The charity will present its new report - Trees and Woods at the Heart of Nature Recovery in England - to delegates which sets out a raft of solutions, including adding more trees into housing estates with less than 16% tree cover, 30% canopy cover for new developments, and access to greenspace within 10 minutes of everyone’s doorsteps. To coincide with the launch, the Trust is urging people to back its campaign calling on councillors to take urgent action for nature.

The report, designed to help councils and communities write their Local Nature Recovery Strategies, follows the Government’s announcement on Friday that is has made £14m available to the 48 local authorities tasked with leading on drafting the plans.

Ecologist Louise Wilkinson, Nature Recovery Lead at the Woodland Trust who co-authored the report, said: “We recognise the enormous strain on local authority budgets and wrote this report to offer a helping hand on how to surmount the challenge of rapid declines in nature. This year the Government handed local authorities the task of involving communities in writing Local Nature Recovery Strategies. This is a golden chance for communities to map out what they want to see, where to bring nature back, and crucially, to embed this in local policy. It’s a tough task so we have published the top steps that should be incorporated.”

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Posted On: 05/07/2023

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