Greater protections for trees in urban areas

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced plans to ensure councils can't cut down trees without first consulting their communities.

The greater measures for trees in urban spaces reflect the importance of greenery in towns and cities and the role they play in improving health and providing environmental benefits.

The government's plans mean that local people will have a larger say on what happens to trees in their communities. This includes responsibilities on councils to report on tree felling and replanting and giving the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling.

Gove said: "It’s right that the views of local people are at the heart of any decision that affects their community – and the futures of the trees that line their streets are no different. Trees have often been rooted in our towns and cities for many years, and are undoubtedly part of our local heritage. These measures will enhance the protection given to urban trees, ensuring residents are properly consulted before trees are felled and safeguarding our urban environment for future generations."

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