Tree officers association reacts to tree felling research

London Tree Officers Association have reacted to new figures, which show British councils have felled more than 670 trees a week in streets, parks and woodland in the last three years.

Councils have felled 105,810 trees since 2016, new figures obtained via Freedom of Information requests show.
A London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) spokesperson said in response: "The recent article in the Daily Mail about ‘vandalism’ by local authorities fails to address the fact that trees are usually only removed when they are dead or unsafe or in circumstances where the trees are shown to be the cause of damage. The LTOA supports optimising canopy cover in our towns and cities, but we are also keen to emphasise that adequate planning and funding to plant and care for trees is critical, as are adequate numbers of tree officers to carry out this task for the benefit of the public as a whole."

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