Environment award for MP's tree work

Labour MP Alun Michael has been named Environment Champion for his efforts to improve protection for trees.

The Cardiff South and Penarth MP was praised by for his efforts on tree preservation order (TPO) legislation and the Planning Act at the E-Politix Charity Champions awards, which highlight parliamentarians who have made a difference to charities.

Michael has worked with the Woodland Trust. "Working with charities and voluntary groups isn't an added extra for an MP; it's at the heart of what we do," he said. "Woodland Trust and other partners bring home the value of our rich heritage of trees, making us realise how intertwined heritage trees are with the history of Britain."

James Cooper, head of government affairs for the trust, said: "Alun is a champion of tree protection. He has drawn on his experience as a minister to move the issue on."We must use the Planning Act to ensure our most important trees are properly protected at a time when protection of the rainforest is rightly high on the agenda."

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