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Coventry City Council sets out plans to plant and protect an urban forest in the years ahead

Key Cities Newsdesk
January 3, 2023
Coventry City Council councillors will meet in the new year to formally adopt the city’s Urban Forestry Strategy and approve plans that will create a greener, healthier city for all. The plans are set to be approved following a consultation period with residents and organisations, and work has already taken place over recent months to plant thousands of trees.

The Strategy recognises the importance of the urban forest in fighting pollution, flooding and wind, as well as the ways trees can improve the quality of life for residents and help with physical and mental wellbeing.

The city’s urban forest will cover streets and parks, schools, cemeteries, housing estates, private gardens and more.

The Council itself is responsible for 45,000 individual trees in parks, highways and other greenspaces and an estimated 200,000 woodland trees.

The new 10-year strategy will help care for all of them, from the ancient oaks of Kenilworth Road and Coombe Abbey to the trees that honour the Fallen at the War Memorial Park and the newest saplings.

It also includes a pledge to plant a tree for every single resident – over 350,000 trees.

The Council will work with partners and communities to identify areas where there is a lack of trees and help local people play a part in planting their own trees and contributing to the urban forest. It will also look to secure funding from the government and other sources to support the programme.

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