What happened to Mayor's tree canopy cover target?

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3212
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to your 2011 'Managing risks and increasing resilience' Climate Change Adaptation Strategy the Mayor made a commitment to 'increase tree cover across London by 5 per cent (from 20 to 25 per cent) by 2025. This according to your former environment advisor equated to an extra 2 million trees to combat the predicted rises in summer temperatures. However, according to your GLA's business plan 2014/15 your revised target is to 'increase street tree cover by five per cent by 2025'. Approximately how many street trees does your new target equate to?

Answer

Answer for What happened to Mayor's tree canopy cover target?

Answer for What happened to Mayor's tree canopy cover target?

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The text in the 2014-5 business plan should have stated "increase tree cover by five per cent by 2025". The 2015-17 business plan published in May 2015 corrected this error from the year before: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Business%20Plan%202015-17%20v3_0.pdf.

My target is to increase tree cover across London by 5 per cent (from 20 to 25 per cent) by 2025. More information about my tree planting programmes and about measuring the tree canopy cover in London can be found on the website at: www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/greening-london/re-leaf.