Trees

Meeting new planning requirements for trees

07/09/2021

Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy the requirement for extensive tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments. Chris Hodson reports.

Councils in north east band together to plant 500 hectares of trees

21/07/2021

Six local authorities in the north east have joined forces with environmental organisations to plant a new forest.

Trees: The critical role of local authorities to protect and expand the urban forest

09/07/2021

Sue James explains how local authorities can ensure trees on both public and private land are protected and that urban canopy cover is increased where needed.

New community forest for Plymouth and South Devon

23/06/2021

The first of at least three new community forests will be created in Plymouth and South Devon, the Government has confirmed.

Urban Tree Fund re-opens for third phase

13/05/2021

The Urban Tree Challenge Fund has re-opened for applications to enable 44,000 large trees to be planted in towns and cities.

Councils secure £2.9m emergency tree fund

11/03/2021

The Woodland Trust has awarded 11 local authorities £2.9m to plant trees and create green spaces.

Blossoming tree circles to be planted across UK

26/02/2021

Blossoming tree circles will be planted in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next five years, as part of a new project to signal 'reflection and hope'.

Government announces nearly £4m tree planting pot

07/12/2020

The Government has announced £3.9m of funding to help plant hundreds of thousands of new trees across the country.

Sheffield council apologises for ‘numerous problems’ with tree felling scheme

15/10/2020

Sheffield City Council has issued an apology after a report from the local government Ombudsman found ‘numerous problems’ with the way it removed trees in 2016.

Council fined after fatal tree branch accident

21/07/2020

Wirral Borough Council has been fined £100,000 after a pregnant woman lost her baby when a tree branch fell and hit her moving vehicle.

Government launches consultation on accelerating tree planting

19/06/2020

The Government has launched a consultation on ways to accelerate tree planting in an effort to combat the biodiversity and climate crises.

Councils call for more ambition on tree cover target

21/04/2020

Six councils have called on the Government to double the tree cover target in England.

Councils urged to bid for second round of £10m urban tree fund

31/03/2020

The second round of the £10m Urban Tree Challenge fund has opened for bids today.

Sheffield approves new approach to managing street trees

12/03/2020

A new partnership to manage its street trees has been approved by Sheffield City Council, following protests last year about its tree felling programme.

Over 50,000 trees to be planted in urban areas

10/02/2020

More than 50,000 trees are to be planted in urban communities following the allocation of the first round of the Urban Tree Challenge Fund.

Edinburgh council announces aim to be a ‘million tree city’

29/01/2020

Edinburgh City Council has announced that it is working on an ‘action plan’ aimed at increasing the number of trees in the city to one million.

Homeowner fined over £60,00 for ‘wilful damage’ to a protected tree

24/12/2019

A homeowner who damaged a 90-year-old tree so much that it had to be felled has been fined over £60,000 by magistrates.

Cornwall Council launches tree planting drive

18/12/2019

Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall will be officially launched next week at a community planting day in Saltash.

Council accidentally cuts down 800 young trees

20/11/2019

Reading Borough Council has apologised to community volunteers after accidentally digging up hundreds of newly planted saplings.

Manchester CC joins campaign to plant 50 million trees

09/10/2019

Manchester City Council has thrown its weight behind a campaign to encourage the Government to support the planting of a large forest in the North of England.

Councils flout ancient woodland protections, campaigners say

01/08/2019

One year on from strengthened protection for ancient woodland in England, local planners are still 'failing to safeguard' the habitat, the Woodland Trust has claimed.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Ash tree disease poses public safety risk in Wales, council chiefs say

01/07/2019

Local authorities have committed themselves to tackling a notorious ash tree disease that has spread across Wales.

Fund launched to plant 130,000 urban trees

20/05/2019

The environment secretary Michael Gove has announced a £10m fund to help encourage the planting of over a hundred thousand trees in urban areas across England.

Tree disease to cost economy £15bn

07/05/2019

Ash dieback will cost the UK economy £15bn, researchers have calculated.

Sheffield CC compromises over controversial tree felling plans

14/12/2018

Sheffield CC has acknowledged the need for a new phased approach to street tree replacement as a result of the ongoing controversy over tree felling.

Sheffield CC tables proposal to end tree felling dispute

25/10/2018

Sheffield City Council has tabled a proposal to save 300 trees and ‘phase the work on others’ in an effort to end the long running dispute over tree felling.

London boroughs receive 40,000 new trees for parks and community spaces

16/08/2018

The mayor of London has launched a £1.5 woodland fund to help 21 boroughs plant new trees in parks, estates, playgrounds and other community spaces.

New Tree Champion to ‘drive forward’ planting at local level

13/06/2018

Local authorities are to be required to consult with residents before felling trees in their areas under a new duty, the environment secretary has said.

Council secures conviction over ‘mass destruction’ of protected trees

02/05/2018

Borough of Poole has successfully prosecuted a man after he illegally chopped down 11 protected trees in the garden of his property.

Half of Sheffield's trees threatened by controversial highways contract

12/03/2018

Up to 17,500 trees could be replaced in Sheffield City Council’s highways maintenance contract, newly released information has revealed.

Council calls for help to catch ‘phantom tree feller'

02/08/2017

Slough Borough Council has called on residents to be vigilant after a mystery person chopped down six large trees.

Whitehall announces multi-million pound tree planting fund

21/07/2017

The Government has made a £13m fund available to help councils plant more trees and reduce the flood risk to communities.

Council threatens councillor with legal action for tree felling protest

28/06/2017

Sheffield Council has threatened legal action against environmentalists and an opposition councillor who are trying to prevent some trees being removed.

Controversy over council decision to cut down Queen Mother’s trees

03/02/2017

Northumberland council has been criticised for cutting down trees that were planted in the Queen Mother’s honour.

Can money really grow on trees?

29/09/2016

Scott Fitzgerald explains why Salford City Council has created a detailed inventory of its highways trees.

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Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
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