Wrexham sets out ambitious plans to boost tree canopy cover

Wrexham County Borough Council plans to increase tree cover from 17 per cent to 20 per cent within ten years under its Draft Tree and Woodland Strategy, due for approval later this year.

Image: Christopher Jones
Image: Christopher Jones

The strategy cites benefits in terms of climate change, pollution, flooding and biodiversity.

"This will be achieved by ensuring the correct policies are in place in terms of planning and local development, targeted work will be undertaken to improve the wards with the lowest tree cover and the opportunity for grant aid will be utilised," the council said.

The plans will be funded through existing departmental budgets, private landowners and developers, Section 106 agreements, urban renewal capital schemes, Welsh Government future woodland grants and other greenspace grant schemes, it added, but cautioned: "Without local community involvement it will be difficult to achieve many of the Strategy's aims and objectives."

It has been informed by the i-Tree Eco Study of the borough, published last year, which found that trees saved the local economy more than £1.2m every year through rainwater capture, carbon dioxide absorption and improved air quality.

The earlier Tree Cover in Wales' Towns and Cities study of 2009 found that at 6 per cent, the Coedpoeth area has one of the lowest urban tree canopy covers in Wales. Four other urban areas are also below the Welsh national average.

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