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Residents to benefit from new wave of tree planting across Bristol

Residents to benefit from new wave of tree planting across Bristol

New strategy aspires to increase Bristol’s tree canopy by 25 per cent by 2035 as part of Bristol’s One City Plan.

22 February 2022

Some of Bristol’s least affluent communities will see their areas prioritised for tree planting over the next decade.

Bristol City Council’s Cabinet approved a Bristol Tree Strategy earlier this month (Tuesday 8 February) that will see more trees planted across all areas of the city. By prioritising more deprived areas, that typically have a much lower tree cover than others, the city aims to address this uneven distribution which ranges from 9 per cent to 27 per cent within each ward.

Councillor Ellie King, Public Health, Communities and Bristol One City lead at Bristol City Council, said: “Meeting our ecological and climate emergency obligations is a priority for this administration which can only be achieved by exploring a range of measures. Tree planting is an essential approach that will deliver a huge number of benefits to communities across the city. Trees play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change, particularly urban heat stress, supporting nature recovery, and promoting health and wellbeing.

“Our tree canopy goal is highly ambitious and transformative – for our streets, green spaces and neighbourhoods. We know this will require a massive and sustained tree planting programme which this strategy aims to outline, and make sure that all areas of Bristol are positively impacted by future tree planting plans.”

The approval of the report means a total of £115,000 will be spent on tree planting delivery, tree planting plans and community engagement. The council will now accelerate work to finalise the detail on the variety, geography and delivery methods of future tree planting.

Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Waste and Energy, said: “The Bristol One City Plan sets out a range of ambitious targets aimed at decarbonising our economy and delivering ecological security. The future health and prosperity of our city is tightly tied to the environment we’re building around us, which includes making sure we protect and grow our local natural ecosystem. 

“This strategy and the subsequent plans it will develop will provide a comprehensive assessment of tree planting opportunities across Bristol. By doing this we can look beyond the boundaries of council owned land and develop opportunities to plant trees in ways that complement how land across the city is used, be it for sport, leisure, food growing and many other uses.”

A number of other successful tree planting programmes are already in place that will complement these new plans:

Find out more about trees and review the tree strategy papers that went to Cabinet on 8 February.

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