Housing trust commits to maintain tree population

One of west Cheshire's largest landowners has committed to maintaining its open space tree stock following an in-depth survey.

Image: Weaver Vale Housing Trust
Image: Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Northwich-based Weaver Vale Housing Trust has pledged to safeguard all 2,050 trees it owns on open land, and to replace those it is forced to remove on a like-for-like basis.

The trust's open space team leader Julia Chambres said: "Safeguarding the environment is one of our top priorities. That is why we will look to plant new trees as part of our ongoing neighbourhood improvement programme."

Recently the trust also participated in a multi-agency pilot project called My Home is My Castle, which saw "grot spots" identified by residents being cleaned and greened.

"Attractive green spaces improve health and wellbeing and is prove to reduce anti-social and crime," Chambres added. "By working together even more can be achieved."

The recent tree-mapping exercise did not include trees in more than 5,000 individual Weaver Vale gardens, all of which are legally protected and and the responsibility of residents to maintain.

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