More must be done to protect our trees

SIR - I thank G R Parkhouse for his information re tree and hedgerow protection. I did know about the limited protection the regulations give. However, I was wanting to be positive and there is some good work being done by some LAs and, even, some devel

SIR - I thank G R Parkhouse for his information re tree and hedgerow protection. I did know about the limited protection the regulations give. However, I was wanting to be positive and there is some good work being done by some LAs and, even, some developers though not nearly enough.

Native hedges make the best wildlife corridors along with our waterways and could be kept on housing developments in such a way that they don't back onto people's gardens, eg as part of the open space provided.

Local authorities do have a duty under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities [NERC] Act 2006 section 40 to protect biodiversity and a National Indicator to do so, too. This still isn't strong enough and also doesn't get enforced enough. I am heartened by the amount of people who do want to protect trees and hedgerows and hope that those who fear trees being dangerous will realise that only one per cent of those felled are actually at risk of falling down. I hope we can realise that we need trees for their shade, beauty, ability to absorb run off from heavy rainfall and carbon dioxide and the home they give to wildlife.

Councillor Miranda Cox, Northam.


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