We are a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting and increasing the tree canopy cover of Bristol’s urban forest.
Why? Because tree cover brings so many benefits to an urban environment: a shared amenity, public health, economic growth, reduced pollution and flooding, wildlife, food and a better sense of well-being.
Our aims are to:
- Provide a forum to encourage community engagement in Bristol’s urban tree management decisions.
- Promote the importance and value of Bristol’s urban trees.
- Work to increase tree canopy cover in Bristol through better protection of existing trees and planting new ones.
Our terms of reference are:
- protect and enhance our urban trees in streets, parks, gardens and all open spaces.
- encourage Bristol City Council (BCC) to ensure the replacement of trees that have been (and continue to be) removed.
- identify and access funding to ensure the retention of mature trees in our city and slow the present rate of felling.
- identify and access funding for the planting of new and replacement urban trees.
- stabilise then increase the urban canopy cover in line with the One City Plan to double tree canopy cover by 2046.
- work with BCC to plan for “climate proofing” our city in accordance with predicted urban temperature increases in the 21st century.
- argue for a fact-based approach to ensure that Bristol achieves a sustainable balance between the built form / hard surface and tree canopy cover.
- provide a mechanism for open consultation on urban trees issues between local community groups, interested professional bodies and several BCC Departments.
- promote greater understanding of the amenity value of trees and stay up-to-date with current thinking, policy and research.
This is our Constitution.
Here are our Minutes.
Some of the things we do…
- Comment on Planning Policies and Applications.
- Source funds for planting new and replacing existing trees.
- Identify and protect established & remarkable trees.
- Help local communities plant trees.
- Find locations to plant new trees across the city.
- Link up with local community groups and other stakeholders and help them appreciate trees and promote tree planting & protection.
We are not the only ones who love trees. Here are some others :
PS. Please let us know if we have missed you out and we will gladly add you to the list.