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Residents’ views wanted on new green initiative to reverse decline of trees in BCP council area and “maximise” their impact on the environment

RESIDENTS in the BCP council area are being asked for their opinion on a green initiative to “maximise and enhance” all the benefits trees and woodlands provide to communities and the environment.

BCP Council has launched a public consultation on its draft Urban Forest Strategy which will operate until 2050 and will involve local businesses, charities and tree specialists.

One of its major aims will be to reverse the decline of trees across the BCP council area.

Public asked for input on BCP green initiative
Public asked for input on BCP green initiative

Councillor Andy Hadley, portfolio holder for climate response, environment and energy, said: “I’m pleased to bring forward this draft strategy, which for the first time sets out a clear vision for the future of trees and woodlands across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

“Trees play a vital role in supporting biodiversity and this strategy recognises that our trees and woodland will also play their part in helping meet the council’s ambitious climate and ecological targets.

“The BCP region boasts a diverse treescape, with one of the highest levels of urban tree canopy covers found in a coastal area in England.

“However, some areas have few trees, and tree cover in private residential gardens is declining, with most wards in the conurbation experiencing canopy loss over the past decade. This council wants to turn the tide on this decline and support tree growth across all wards in the BCP area.”

He urged people to take part in the survey which they can do so by visiting: https://haveyoursay.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/urban-forest-strategy

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on 17th December 2023.

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