Have your say on the new Urban Forestry Strategy – Coventry City Council
A new strategy for maintaining trees and greenery in the city has been shared and is available for the public to comment on.
The plan recognises the value and importance of the city’s trees, particularly in tackling pollution, increasing wildlife habitats and the impact on the community’s health and wellbeing. It outlines plans to not only plant new trees but ensure the health and maintenance of already established trees across the city.
This is Coventry’s first tree strategy and will plan for the care and development of the city’s urban forestry in the future. Coventry City Council currently is responsible for the management of around 250,000 trees in its parks, highways, greenspaces and woodlands.
The Council worked with the Coventry Tree Warden Network to establish the new strategy and the public is invited to have their say on the plans.
Councillor Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services, said: “This strategy is a first for the city and lays out how we want to plan to not only maintain the existing trees we have in the city, but also how we want to grow our urban forestry.
“The pandemic showed us just how much people value trees, parks and greenspaces, which are so important to our health, happiness and for the environment. We really want to encourage people to comment and feed back on the plans so we can continue to help build spaces that people love and enjoy.”
Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, cabinet member with responsibility for policing, equalities and parks, said: “We’re very proud of our parks and green spaces, so it’s really important that we take the best care of our trees, whether it be trimming and maintaining the trees we already look after, or nurturing newly planted saplings to make sure they grow up strong.
“The online consultation will give people the chance to view the plans, make comments and give their views on Coventry’s first Urban Forestry Strategy, so I hope people will share their views with us.”
The consultation will be online at www.coventry.gov.uk/UFSC until 22 July.