Petition calls for 20 per cent tree cover target for Welsh towns

The Woodland Trust has submitted a petition to the Welsh Assembly calling for more trees in Wales' towns and cities.

Cardiff - image:Lisa Sinclair
Cardiff - image:Lisa Sinclair

The petition calls for every town and city in Wales to have at least 20 per cent tree canopy cover, and for the Welsh Government to create a fund to support the planting of urban trees, particularly native and fruit trees.

The trust's Wales director Jerry Langford said: "In just one Welsh town, Wrexham, trees save the local economy more than £1.3m every year by intercepting 27 million litres of rainfall from entering the drainage system, saving the equivalent of saving £460,000 in sewerage charges, absorbing 1,329 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improving health by removing 60 tonnes of air pollution, saving the health services £700,000."

She added: "Now it's over to our AMs and Ministers to show that they are willing to listen to voters and help make our towns and cities healthier, more attractive and more resilient to flooding by planting more trees."

The trust has said that 2,258 have signed the Trees in Towns petition online and at events across Wales over the last year. It was submitted to the Assembly Building in Cardiff on Tuesday 26 January.

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