The Tree Council is also backing Defra’s Big Tree Plant campaign, which is encouraging more tree planting in towns and cities.
"Areas where there are more trees have less crime, better health and cleaner air, and higher property values" says Tree Council director general Pauline Buchanan Black.
The Woodland Trust chief executive Sue Holden said: "Trees are host to a huge amount of wildlife and are a really important part of the ecosystem in Britain. Research also says people have better physical and mental health if they have green places near where they live.’
Forestry Commission chair Pam Warhurst said: ‘In Manchester, it’s been calculated you could lower the temperature by 2C by having significant planting of trees. We need to take the cooling of our cities much more seriously.’
Buchanan Black is not unduly concerned about Government plans to sell off Forestry Commission land in England follwoing a public consultation into the Defra Business Plan, which is due to begin in January. She said: ‘I’d be very surprised if a government that’s launching a national tree-planting campaign is going to endorse sales to anything other than a sympathetic buyer.'