Plans set out to plant and protect ‘urban forest’ in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

Plans set out to plant and protect ‘urban forest’ in Coventry

Coventry Editorial 4th Jan, 2023   0

AN URBAN Forestry Strategy is set to be adopted by Coventry City Council, which will attempt to create a greener, healthier city.

The plans are set to be approved after a consultation period, with work having already been conducted in recent months to plant thousands of trees.

The strategy will recognise the importance of the urban forest in fighting pollution, flooding and wind, and a trees role in improving the quality of life for residents and helping with physical and mental wellbeing.

Coventry’s urban forest will cover streets, parks, schools, cemeteries, housing estates and private gardens.




The new ten-year strategy will also help take care of the 45,000 trees the council is responsible for in parks, highways and other greenspaces, as well as around 200,000 woodland trees.

It also pledges to plant over 350,000 trees- one for every Coventrian living in the city.


Areas, where there is a lack of trees, will be targeted for improvement and residents will be able to plant their own trees.

The council will also look to securing funding to support the strategy.

The council’s deputy leader and cabinet member responsible for parks, Coun Abdul Salam Khan, said: “Coventry is a green city and one working hard to improve the environment.

“There has already been some great work and this Urban Forestry Strategy sets out our plans for the coming years and shows our commitment to creating a healthier, more attractive city.

“It covers areas from streets to parks, from some of our largest green spaces to our newest housing estates, and it gives everyone the chance to play a part in planting and caring for our amazing trees.”

Over the past two years, 38,939 trees have been planted in the city in areas such as Longford Park, Clifford Bridge Road, Hearsall Common, Coundon Park and Whitley Common.

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