Search

Woodland Trust calls for greater recognition of trees

11:58 09 May 2012

The economic and wellbeing benefits of trees should be given greater recognition in local neighbourhood planning, according to a conservation charity.

The Woodland Trust has urged people across Norfolk to involve themselves in the creation of local plans which could influence where new housing, transport, and services are built in their area.

Within those discussions, the trust hopes to raise awareness of the importance of including trees and woods as part of those growing communities, not only for the environment, but also for the economy and general well-being of the population.

The trust says woodlands can raise house prices, reduce household bills, boost tourism and create wildlife habitats and play areas for children – all while helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Victoria Bankes Price, the trust’s planning adviser, said: “The inclusion of trees as part of a neighbourhood plan can mean designating places to plant new trees, but also offers the opportunity to ensure the protection from development of existing woods considered important to the community.”

The Woodland Trust says house-buyers are prepared to pay up to 7pc extra for a house with a view of woodland, and that shading from trees can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 20pc. It also says tourists are willing to pay, on average, 12pc more for goods and services in commercial districts with trees.

John Allaway, an arboricultural consultant who has campaigned to protect an area of Thorpe Woodlands from development in Norwich, said: “The important thing to stress is that woodland, once destroyed, cannot be replaced in a development scheme.

“If you get rid of a mature tree it will take 50 years for a replacement to become anything like equivalent in value. When you have existing woodland like we do in Thorpe, which is threatened by development, it really cannot be replaced. You can plant thousands of new trees along roads, but you won’t have a wood – you’ll have a housing estate lined with ornamental trees.”

For more information, see www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning

chris.hill@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 11:44
Jamie-Lee Weller opens up J W Core in Long Stratton.
Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A fitness instructor has started a new gym teaching exercise, martial arts classes and massage therapy.

Yesterday, 11:24
Norfolk's chief fire officer has warned if he has to make substantial cuts it would put firefighter jobs and engines at risk.

Firefighter jobs and fire engines could be at risk if “substantial cuts” are forced on Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service in the years ahead, the county’s chief fire officer has warned.

Tue, 22:23

Emergency services have been on the scene of a crash near Diss.

Tue, 19:31
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters are currently dealing with a straw stack blaze near Diss.

Most Read

Monday, April 22, 2013

We called on Canaries fans to make as much noise as possible in their match against Reading.

Read more
Tue, 22:23

Emergency services have been on the scene of a crash near Diss.

Read more
Friday, October 17, 2014
Ross Brawn, centre, deserves huge credit for the Mercedes he left behind in the winter.

Before a single metre was raced in anger this season, our EDPF1 podcast crew predicted the destination of the 2014 constructors’ and drivers’ championships – and everyone said Mercedes would take team honours.

Read more
Monday, December 23, 2013
Banham Zoo tiger cubs, Christmas 2013.

These fluffy bundles left keepers and visitors in awe when they born, after much anticipation, at Banham Zoo in June this year.

Read more
Thursday, July 18, 2013
An album of airship photographs and ephemera relating to Flt Sgt Walter Potter, one of the five survivors of the airship R38 disaster. Walter, left, pictured with his friend chief coxswain George William Hunt.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

An album containing a fascinating collection of photographs, letters and articles about one of the greatest heroes of the airship era at Pulham will go under the hammer at a Norfolk auction next week.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition