Council tree policy under review

By on 23/06/2009 in News

Birmingham City Council will move to safeguard over one million trees across the city when Cabinet members consider a revised tree policy later this month.

The policy looks at upkeep of trees located in parks, highways, housing areas, cemeteries and crematoria, schools, playing fields, social services homes and other open spaces.

And officers have surveyed 80,000 highway tress, 36,528 on education sites and 29,725 on housing amenity areas across Birmingham, carrying out detailed risk assessments.

The survey has now been extended to the city's parks and is scheduled for completion next year.

Councillor Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sports and Culture, insists the importance of tress to the overall wellbeing of the city cannot be underestimated.

He said: “As one of the greenest cities in the country, Birmingham is rightly proud of its magnificent heritage of trees and the council owns over one million across the city.

“These trees have a real impact on our daily lives and also bring a multitude of environmental benefits. They reduce the potential for flood and drought, absorb greenhouse gases and of course provide habitats for wildlife, ensuring a balanced, diverse and healthy natural environment for us all to enjoy.”

Under the revised tree policy, the city council will:

  •  Promote awareness of the importance and value of trees
  • Protect and safeguard trees
  • Provide an increasing and varied tree population within the city that is responsive to specific locations and climate change
  • Ensure the safe, efficient and sustainable management of all trees owned and maintained by Birmingham City Council.
  • Clarify legal responsibilities and liabilities for trees
  • Develop the involvement of local communities in tree matters

ENDS

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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