Local campaigners have attached giant price tags to trees in the city centre as part of efforts to get more recognition for the value of trees in the city.
The price tags, tied to trees on St Peter’s Street, highlight the important role of trees in reducing noise and pollution, protection from wind and sun as well as soaking up carbon which contributes to global warming.
Green Party councillor, Simon Grover, said: “Trees can save money for councils by reducing the burden of air pollution and carbon emissions. They also help householders reduce energy bills, cooling in summer and reducing wind chill in winter.”
Cllr Grover added: “Lots of people in St Albans value the trees in the city and we all particular miss them when they get cut down.”
“I am keen to get the council to do something about this and protect them as much as possible.”
Green Party member, Jill Mills, said: “If people knew the real value of trees they’d think twice about chopping them down. Older trees are especially precious and it can take a hundred years to replace their value fully. We need to plant more wherever we can.”
Cllr Grover was joined by other party members and Kate Bretherton, a local author and celebrator of trees.
Green Party members hope to increase awareness of the benefits trees bring and will be campaigning to ensure they are recognised as vital elements in a healthy environment. Trees are also an essential part of St Albans’ response to the climate crisis.