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STREET GROWTH: Watford commits to largest street tree planting scheme to date

 Published on: 26th December 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

With depleting tree populations across the country and targets for the town to become carbon-net zero by 2030, over 120 street trees will be planted within Watford this winter, the biggest amount ever for this type of planting scheme in the town.

The street trees have been provided by Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council, and more will be planted over the next year.

The majority of the locations were suggested by residents who proposed the tree sites, and requests can still be submitted throughout the year at their dedicated web page.

This milestone coincides with ground-breaking research published by Forest Research and Defra this month, which showed that trees planted outside woodlands are worth over £3.8 billion.

The valuation is based on the important role they play in sequestering and storing carbon, regulating temperatures, strengthening flood resilience and reducing noise and air pollution.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “I am committed to increasing the number of trees in Watford.

“Our town already has a good tree population, with 18% tree canopy cover, two per cent higher than the national average. However, it we are going to play our part in responding to the climate emergency, it’s vital we do more.

“Increasing the number of trees on our streets will help make our air cleaner, increase local biodiversity and of course, keep our streets looking appealing.”

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