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Communities to have greater say in protecting local trees

By January 2, 2019Consultations

Deadline 28th February

Environment Secretary Michael Gove hasannounced plans to create greater protections for trees in urban areas.

The proposals would ensure councils can’t cut down street trees without first consulting communities.

The measures reflect the important role trees in towns and cities play in improving our health and wellbeing, as well as providing crucial environmental benefits.

Launching a consultation on a raft of new forestry measures, the Secretary of State unveiled proposals designed to ensure local people have a bigger say over what happens to the trees in their communities.

The proposals include:

  • making sure communities have their say on whether street trees should be felled with requirements for councils to consult local residents
  • responsibilities on councils to report on tree felling and replanting to make sure we can safeguard our environment for future generations
  • giving the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling and strengthen protection of wooded landscapes

For more information go to the Government website

 

 

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