Urban Code is launched to tackle plant damage and vandalism

PlantforLife urban code to boost investment in public green space

Local authorities are being urged to implement a new urban code to boost investment in public green space while tackling the increasing problem of plant vandalism. The HTA, through its Plant for Life campaign, has teamed up with leading environmental campaigner Chris Baines to create the code, billed as an urban equivalent of the country code. The move follows research showing that three quarters of Britons have witnessed some form of “green vandalism” in their area, including snapped tree saplings, trampled plantlife, graffiti on tree trunks, fly-tipping and dog mess. The code coincides with the launch of a range of free Plant for Life booklets for policy-makers, planners, landscapers and specifiers in the public and private sectors. The four titles highlight the environmental, health, social and economic benefits of high quality public planting. Plant for Life marketing director Lee Appleyard said: “The urban code is our response to the high levels of plant damage and vandalism in urban areas and the small pockets of society who fail to acknowledge their personal responsibility to reduce or prevent it. “By targeting the public with a set of informal guidelines and providing planners and specifiers with advice on how they can invest their planting budgets more efficiently, hopefully the Plant for Life campaign will prompt the improvement of urban areas as cleaner, greener and more pleasant places to live.” For further information, visit www.plantforlife.info/business

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