Have your say on Tree and Woodland Strategy for Darlington

Have your say on Tree and Woodland Strategy for Darlington
16 September 2020

Residents across the borough are invited to have their say on a new strategy that aims to protect and enhance the trees of Darlington for future generations.

Darlington Borough Council has developed a draft Tree and Woodland Strategy for 2021-2031 and is now seeking the views of local residents and other interested parties.

The aim of the strategy is to proactively manage and increase the number of trees across the borough in order to protect our historical heritage of trees and provide a valued environmental amenity for the future.

It will act as a point of reference for the public, councillors, officers and others to enable informed discussion and establish a clearer, consistent and more structured approach to issues affecting trees in the borough.

Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services, said:

“We know people want to live in a pleasant environment that is clean, green and safe and that is why it is part of our vision for the future of Darlington.

“Trees and woodland areas play a vital and integral part in achieving this by cleaning the air we breathe, providing a habitat for plants and animal species and creating an attractive environment for people to live in and to visit.

“Many trees are long-lived, offering enjoyment and a range of benefits – they help reduce air pollution and help prevent flooding by intercepting rainfall and therefore allowing it to disperse into the ground at a reduced rate to be absorbed by the soil.

“Trees also contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon dioxide and are therefore integral to the wellbeing of the planet and link with the Council’s Climate Change Declaration

“It is essential that their needs and requirements are understood and planned for and this strategy sets out how we will do this and we’re now inviting local residents to share their views on the new draft strategy.”

The strategy covers:

  • How we manage trees the council own, such as those in pavement or road verges along the council’s highways network, woodlands, parks and open spaces and cemeteries; and those in communal/residential type gardens maintained by the council.
  • How we protect trees the public own on private land.
  • An action plan setting out what needs to be done over the next five years to achieve our aim.

The consultation is open now and runs until 18 October.

You can view a copy of the strategy online at www.darlington.gov.uk/consultations where you can also access the Tree and Woodland Strategy Consultation survey to share your views.

Alternatively, you can find out more by emailing [email protected] or write to Senior Arboricultural Officer, Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services, Darlington Borough Council, 17 Allington Way, Darlington DL1 4QB or call 01325 406657.