Green space initiative values London's trees

London Woodland Advisory Group label trees as vital to the capital's economic development

Trees, woodlands and green spaces have been labelled essential to the economic development of London under an initiative that was launched last week. The message is being championed by the London Tree and Woodland Framework, launched by the London Woodland Advisory Group with a tree planting in Hyde Park. It states that green spaces must be incorporated into developments as they provide an attractive environment for business, leisure and tourism, as well as benefits to physical health and well being. The group consists of representatives from 14 organisations, including English Nature, the Forestry Commission, Trees for London and the mayor of London Ken Livingstone. Forestry Commission chair Lord Clark said: “London is a great city and the many more trees envisaged in the Trees and Woodland Framework will help its development as a world city. The framework also provides a vision of how trees and woodlands not only enhance the environment, but also provide considerable social and economic benefits for those who visit, work and live in London.” Other objectives within the framework include safeguarding and improving the current management of greater London’s existing seven million trees while establishing appropriate new planting for the future. The group also hopes to raise Londoners’ understanding of their woodland resources.

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