Rethink over replacement of chopped down Norwich trees

Green councillors and residents who raised concerns that trees being chopped down were not being replaced. Photo: Bill Smith Green councillors and residents who raised concerns that trees being chopped down were not being replaced. Photo: Bill Smith

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:48 AM

Diseased or dying trees in Norwich which are chopped down will stand a greater chance of being replaced, following a rethink by council leaders.

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Norwich City Council cut its tree planting budget by £60,000 in 2011, which left just £35,000 for planting trees in the city’s conservation areas only.

It is a policy which has continued and which led to a petition last year.

People, including Green Party campaigners, urged the council to think again, saying trees needed to be replaced in other parts of the city, rather than just conservation areas,.

At a recent city council meeting, people living in St Philips Road, off Earlham Road, urged the council to replant trees which had been cut down and not replaced.

Rochelle Wilson, on behalf of residents, said: “The situation is urgent and we know other areas would like trees too. We understand that there are financial pressures that the council is under, however we would like to know how we can work with the council to keep Norwich a healthy, leafy city.”

And, in response, Keith Driver, the city council’s cabinet member for neighourhoods and community safety, announced that the council had reconsidered its approach - so trees outside conservation areas would now be considered for replacement.

He said: “I am pleased to announce that the council has looked into this issue and will be planting trees according to need.

“The approved tree planting budget of £35,000 for this year will be used to replace trees, addressing the following aspects: legal. landscape, community, biodiversity and street scene.

All replacement trees, including St Philips Road, will be assessed against this set criteria and prioritised accordingly.

“We will publicise where trees are to be replaced once the list has been finalised.”

And Mr Driver said one way of generating more money to replace trees could be for people to sponsor them.

He said: “One option being finalised are proposals for a tree sponsorship scheme, which will allow residents to contribute to the local street amenity.

“This will be launched in time for the autumn planting season.”

He added that the £5.7m Push The Pedalways scheme will also lead to more tree planting.

That project, awarded £3.7m by the Department of Health, aims to improve the eight-mile pink pedalway cycle route between the Norwich Research Park and Heartsease.

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5 comments

  • Oh dear Mr. Mayhem has no idea of the history of roads in this country. He can thank cyclists, anytime, for complaining about the dust kicked up by speeding toads, since then, he can enjoy the lovely asphalted roads he so enjoys. Trees have their place in a Sustainable urban environment, especially when traffic is increasing at all times, and they need maintenance. Fluffy non story on something that might happen eventually...

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I totally agree with Mr Mayhem. The council should not be planting new trees until it can look after the ones it already has. Take Christchurch Road (limes) and Jesopp Road (beeches) - every mature tree more than twice the height of the houses. Blocking out sunlight and daylight. Sapping the ground of moisture. People in a constant battle to keep their own plants alive and watered. Once trees had been pollarded but there's been no PROPER tree maintenance for many decades (not just taking out dead branches they did a few years ago). The Greens go on about the 'urban forest' but they should try living under them!! Angry!!

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    Anglianjacky

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • How could anyone justify taking trees out for more cyclepaths? there need to be less, cyclepaths are the diseased arteries of a city being poisoned by cycles, when they can obey the rules of the road and grow up, I might respect them, otherwise they are the most selfish, ignorant, and dangerous people about.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • As a tree surgeon I feel sad almost wherever I lookup in Norwich, the trees in public areas are in many cases quite dangerous, whereas perfectly good trees are removed for no reason. Trees in places like the Bishops garden are cared for correctly by private tree surgeons, but anything left to the council has no chance, one tree operative I spoke to had no idea of what type of tree he was mutilating. If the current tree maintenance program is adhered to I can see the whole of Norwich looking like Anglia square by 2050.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Create cycle paths Simple No one needs trees beside roads, they can go in gardens and parks, but all those tree lined verges will make good cycle routes and save lives . It should be done proactively as soon as the ornamental trees lining many urban roads reach their end of life- Their wildlife value must be limited because of air and light pollution and disturbance. Find spaces where trees can be planted in groups-not on verges

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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