North East Cambridge Area Action Plan Issues and Options 2019

Representation ID: 32998

Received: 25/03/2019

Respondent: Woodland Trust

Representation Summary:

We welcome the mention of trees but would like to see the plan recognise the full range of benefits that they provide and to make a commitment to expansion of tree canopy cover.

Full text:

We welcome the commitment to tree planting as part of achieving a net gain in biodiversity. However, as stated earlier, it is important to protect existing trees and a net gain in biodiversity cannot be achieved if loss of existing ancient or veteran trees is permitted.

It is also important to recognise that trees provide a much wider range of benefits than just urban cooling. They provide valuable habitats for wildlife, sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and can help with improving drainage and improving air quality. We would like to see the plan make a commitment to expanding the tree canopy.