Tree Champion unveils manual for urban tree best practice

The Government's recently appointed Tree Champion, Sir William Worsley, has called for stronger protection for England's street trees with the launch of a new Urban Tree Manual.

Image: Alvin Leong (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Alvin Leong (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Aimed at local authorities, charities and community groups, the manual provides practical advice on selecting the right tree for the right place in towns and cities, including tips on choosing planting location, tree type and soil to maximise the environmental benefits.

For this it features case studies including the planting at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, which focused on choosing climate change resilient trees.

With input from the Forestry Commission, Forest Research and the Animal and Plant Health Agency, it also highlights threats to trees from pests, disease and climate change, and sets out measures to ensure residents are properly consulted before street trees are felled.

Worsley said: "Whether they’re rooted in countryside woodland or in urban cityscapes, trees make our environment more attractive and a healthier place to live and work – which is why expertise in the planting and maintenance of urban trees is vital.

"I hope this Urban Tree Manual will help to improve decision-making around the country to make sure our invaluable trees are preserved now - and for future generations."

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