Retaining trees

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As part of your objective to increase London's tree canopy cover by 5 percentage points by 2025, what are you doing to protect mature London Plane and other large canopy cover trees from the long-term threats that come from climate change, disease and pests?


Answer for Retaining trees

Answer for Retaining trees

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that it's important to maintain and protect London's existing tree stock as well as planting new trees. Large canopy trees in particular provide many environmental benefits.

London Boroughs, The Royal Parks Agency, the City of London, and private landowners, have primary responsibility for managing and protecting trees in London. DEFRA and the Forestry Commission manage a Tree Health Risk Register and issue Statutory Plant Health Notices when necessary to ensure the removal and destruction of infected plant material to prevent spread of disease.

The GLA also works closely with the Forestry Commission and London Tree Officers Association to develop and disseminate advice on the prevention and control of tree disease such as Massaria which has been infecting London Plan trees.

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