Southwark tree policy review: shape how we manage trees

Closed 27 Sep 2019

Opened 6 Aug 2019


We are keen to involve people in shaping our draft plan proposals that sets out how we manage, protect and promote the benefits of trees in our borough.

We manage 82,000 trees: 16,000 are on our streets; 44,000 are park trees; 17,000 are on housing estates; 5,000 are located in school grounds and 54 hectares of woodland, including 64 local Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation. We also manage about 38,000 trees in private ownership. Many of these trees have legal protection.

Our long term draft plan proposals will:

  • manage our trees
  • protect trees from being removed unnecessarily
  • protect our trees through legal means
  • recognise the value the contribution trees make to air quality
  • promote the value of trees, among our residents, businesses and developers

The full draft proposal can be found below and at the bottom of this page (supporting information is also attached to questions 1-6).

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Please spare a few minutes to help shape our draft plan proposals that aims to benefit people who live, work or visit the park.  

Thank you.

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Why your views matter

Whether you live in, work in or visit the borough, we’re keen for you to help us shape our new draft plan that sets out our vision, aims and objectives, to protect our tree landscape.

What happens next

We would like to thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Once the consultation process has ended we will evaluate and reflect on the views expressed and ensure the results are collated in a document which can be found on the council website (link provided), and reflected in a subsequent strategy action plan (which will also be available on the same website).


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