The government must ensure that all communities, not just new developments, benefit from the positives of living in close proximity to nature, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).
While the RTPI has welcomed plans by the government to ensure that all new developments have access to ‘tree-lined streets,’ they have pointed out that all people, no matter where they live, should benefit from the aesthetic joys, positive environmental impact, air quality improvement and wellbeing bonus of trees
A recent survey conducted by the RTPI found that planners overwhelmingly support a nationwide push for tree planting in both new developments and existing communities.
96% of respondents said that trees are an important part of their work and enable them to create healthy, attractive, environmentally and climatically sustainable places.
Based on these findings, the RTPI has launched a #ReTreeFit campaign, calling on the Government to provide the necessary resources to Local Planning Authorities for the retro-fitting of trees in existing spaces and communities.
RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said: ‘We were delighted to hear the Housing Secretary saying last year that tree-lined streets should become the norm in new developments, but it is essential that we don’t forget about the majority of the population. Trees and nature should be accessible for everyone – not just those who buy a house in a new development.
‘The contribution of planners will be crucial if trees are to be placed successfully into existing schemes. With many local authorities not having sufficient resources to deal with non-fee earning activities like tree planting, we’re asking the UK government to provide funds to allow planners to retro-fit trees in the right places. It’s not just for us – it’s for our future generations.
‘I invite everyone to get involved on social media with our #ReTreeFit campaign today.’
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