These are the proposals in the manifesto, listed by the ministry. You may comment on the proposals, preferably with a view to selecting something for action. If you would like this to be considered as a project for further discussion as to the exact action desired, please advise in the comment.

Trees Aims

1. Every tree counts! No avoidable loss of trees other than those cultivated as a crop. The older the tree (relative to its species or wood) the greater its value.

2. National and local government must have sufficient tree specialists to safeguard, restore and expand treescapes by supporting owners and applying regulations wisely and robustly.

3. Make sure deterrents to prevent damage to, or loss of trees are effective and proportionate.

4. Give national status and recognition to ancient and other trees of special interest, ancient woodland, wood-pasture and parkland for their historic, landscape, wildlife and other ecosystem benefits.

5. Ensure trees and shrubs and tree-rich habitats are restored and looked after properly through incentivising good practice – public money for public goods for tree benefits in urban as well as rural environments.

6. Clean-up air, soils and water and prevent pollution – healthy environments are essential for trees to thrive, combat disease and live long lives. Identify no-dig Root Protection Areas (RPAs) around valuable trees and protect them.

7. Identify no-dig Root Protection Areas (RPAs) around valuable trees and protect them.

8. Create new wood pastures or parkland especially where they will extend existing mediaeval forests, deer parks or ancient wood pastures.

9. Establish new open grown trees to be the ancients of the future, especially pollards, to ensure continuity of this distinctive heritage feature of the countryside.

10.Re-wild trees – allow trees and shrubs to establish by themselves naturally in grazed, landscape scale areas.

Urban Spaces Aims
Hedgerows and Verges Aims


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Wednesday, 23 September 2020