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Urban Areas: Trees

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research she has commissioned into the amenity value of trees in (a) urban streets and (b) other urban locations. (139167)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her policy is on the planting and maintenance of trees in (a) urban streets and (b) other urban locations; and if she will make a statement. (139168)

The Government's policy, stated in the England Forestry Strategy, recognises the value of trees within the urban environment and encourages their planting and maintenance. We have been in discussion with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs regarding the development of a new strategy for England's trees, woods and forests. The strategy will be published in the summer.

The planting and maintenance of trees is a matter for each local and highway authority to consider in the light of local circumstances and taking account of the needs of the local environment. Local authorities are encouraged to produce tree strategies to promote the management and enhancement of the tree population in their areas, including street trees and to use current best practice.