Trees for Cities boosts Cardiff canopy
Cardiff Civic Society, Cardiff Council and the charity Trees for Cities have worked together to plant scores of new trees throughout Cardiff.
Trees for Cities, a national charity based in London, plants 40,000 trees in 10-15 cities across the UK each year, as part of the Future Urban Forests programme. Trees for Cities has planted trees in Cardiff for the first time, thanks to a donation from parenting retailer Mothercare who are supporting the charity’s UK operations.
The trees in Cardiff have been planted as part of Cardiff Civic Society’s Canopi Caedydd/Canopy Cardiff campaign, launched at The Gate Arts Centre last October.
Guest speaker at the launch, urban tree expert, Cambridge-based Keith Sacre pointed out that Cardiff has many beautiful mature trees, but that there is very little evidence of succession planting in the capital.
“Without succession planting Cardiff will experience a canopy crisis when these lovely mature trees reach the end of their natural life,” explains Cardiff Civic Society chair, Nerys Lloyd-Pierce. “A Natural Resources Wales report also highlights the sad fact that in recent years Cardiff has lost 34 hectares of trees. Areas such as Cardiff Bay have also been identified as having below national average tree cover. Thanks to Trees for Cities’ support we have started to address this problem. Obviously, increasing canopy is an ongoing project, so Cardiff Civic Society will be looking for support to plant more trees throughout Cardiff in the 2017/2018 planting season.”
“I would be delighted if members of the public would get in touch if there is public open space close to them that could benefit from further tree planting. We would also encourage businesses to fund tree planting on their premises or close to their premises. Green spaces are even more important in Cardiff now as more of the city is being swamped by tower blocks, the design of which does not include comfortable places for human beings to relax.”
David Elliott, chief executive at Trees for Cities said: “We are grateful to Mothercare for their generous donation and delighted to be working with Cardiff Civic Society and Cardiff Council to increase tree canopy throughout Cardiff. The standard trees we are planting will increase local biodiversity and provide a greater degree of adaptability and resilience to environmental change”.
Health benefits of trees:
*Research from Exeter University illustrates that people living close to urban green space are less likely to suffer from stress, anxiety and depression
* In 1984, healthcare design researcher, Roger Ulrich, concluded that hospital patients with a view of green space recovered more quickly than patients with a view of concrete.
*Research carried out in Toronto indicates that people living on tree lined streets enjoy health benefits that equate to their being seven years younger.
*One mature tree provides enough oxygen for four people, and combats the negative effects of pollution.
*When a mature tree is felled, 60 saplings have to be planted to achieve the same benefits
For more information about the UK Urban Forest programme please contact Kathy Silenga on 020 78204419 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information relating to Cardiff Civic Society from Nerys Lloyd-Pierce 02920 343 121/07701 007 128.
Trees for Cities is the only charity working on an international scale to create greener cities. Since 1993, we have engaged over 70,000 people to plant over 600,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools and housing estates across the UK, as well as internationally, revitalising these areas and improving the lives of the people who live in them. We strengthen communities through volunteering opportunities and inspire children to grow and eat good food and to connect with nature.
Mothercare generously donates the 5p plastic bag fund to Trees for Cities, which makes these and other environmental projects possible in cities across the UK.
Mothercare is the leading global retailer for parents and young children. With over 50 years of experience Mothercare is uniting mums and dads to take on parenting together and welcoming them to the club. With more than 1300 stores across 56 countries including Early Learning Centre stores, Mothercare is loved and trusted by families across the world. Mothercare provides parents and parents-to-be with everything they need in one place, offering great quality and innovative products, from pregnancy to 8 years.