Pressure group launches to protect London’s trees

Developers, designers, insurers, tree specialists and local authorities have formed the Trees & Design Action Group, a pressure group to raise awareness of trees in London’s built environment and safeguard the capital’s green infrastructure.

Working under the mayor’s London Trees & Woodland Framework, the multi-disciplinary body of professionals and organisations also includes the Greater London Authority, Design for London, Transport for London, Urban Design London, Royal Parks, the Forestry Commission, utilities companies and related stakeholders. Lovejoy consultant Sue James said: “Trees in London are under threat as never before from a variety of different pressures including higher-density development, building subsidence claims and, above all, climate change. “The Trees & Design Action Group believes that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations of Londoners by influencing the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces. The group is promoting this vision through the development of planning, construction, management and design guidelines.” * For details on how to join, email jim.c.smith@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. or mkelly@lovejoylondon.uk.com.

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