Southwark tree policy review: shape how we manage trees

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Closes 27 Sep 2019

Section 1 - The benefits of trees

1. Having read the relevant section, how much to you agree with our vision and long term objectives?

Our vision and objectives

Southwark’s Vision is:

To ensure trees are planted, preserved and managed in accordance with good arboricultural practice, with regard to their contribution to amenity and the urban landscape, for both current and future generations.

In order to turn our vision into reality, the following Strategic Objectives (SO) have been adopted:

1.To manage the existing tree stock in accordance with good tree management practice.

 2.To maintain a general presumption against the removal of trees, allowing felling only in accordance with good tree management practice, and to ensure that adequate and appropriate replacement planting takes place where planting is desirable, aesthetically necessary and sustainable.

 3. To recognise the relationship between trees and the built environment and their role in helping to combat air pollution and climate change.  This includes promoting the ‘Right tree, right place’ philosophy for new and replacement planting.

 4. To continue to ensure protection of trees subject to Tree Preservation Orders and in Conservation Areas, with trees to be retained on development sites and to require high standards of replacement tree planting. Southwark will also initiate prosecution where unauthorised tree work has taken place, or to take enforcement action where breach of planning permission has occurred where it is expedient to do so.

 5.To promote the value of trees to residents, businesses and developers through good management and education, and explore ways for greater involvement, consultation and protection of trees and woodlands.

2. Do you agree with our assessment of the benefits trees provides residents, workers and visitors of Southwark?

Benefits of trees

Trees improve our borough by:

  • improving air quality
  • cooling buildings and streets
  • reducing noise and calming traffic
  • reducing flash flooding
  • creating habitat for wildlife
  • improving peoples health and wellbeing
  • helping to create welcoming places to visit and work
3. Do you believe trees have an important role to play in tackling climate change?

Trees and climate change

Trees can help to tackle climate change by:

  • capturing and storing carbon
  • reducing temperatures in summer
  • reducing wind speeds in winter
  • helping to prevent flooding
4. Do you agree that it is necessary to protect Southwark's treescape?

Protecting Southwark's treescape

Southwark currently protects trees in its ownership in streets, housing estates, parks, woodlands and schools through a system of active management. It also protects valuable trees in private ownership by creating and managing tree preservation orders and protecting trees situated in conservation areas.

5. Which of the following methods do you think are the best ways of communicating the benefits of trees in our borough?

Communicating the benefits of trees

We want as many people as possible to understand how valuable our trees are and are exploring the best ways in which to do this.