The vital role of trees in urban development

There’s a climate emergency and we need to act. With higher temperatures and more severe weather events than just a decade ago, we must take action at the local as well as the global level.

Bristol City Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2018, reflecting the need to reduce the city’s contribution to the causes of climate change, and to adapt and be resilient to further expected climate impacts. For the declaration to be meaningful, it has to result in practical changes, for example the protection of existing trees on development sites. With important urban trees being routinely felled, there is no evidence that this is the case. If Bristol continues in this way, the city will become unliveable in the climate crisis.

The Council is now drafting a tree strategy for the city, which we hope will become a key element of the forthcoming revised Local Plan. We hope that the strategy will protect existing trees and prioritise the planting of replacement and new trees across the city. We have asked for 18 principles to be included in the strategy. Read More  

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