Press release from Trees for Cities, which mentions Cardiff Civic Society’s project for tree planting.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Cardiff, CCS Campaigns, News | No Comments

9 in 10 of people in Cardiff agree: we need to plant more trees than we cut down in the city

Trees for Cities poll finds that 92% of Cardiff residents support initiates to plant more trees in UK cities.

More than 9 in 10 of the people living in Cardiff agree more trees need to be planted than cut down in the city, according to a poll for national charity Trees for Cities.

In a single year, 1 mature leafy tree is estimated to produce enough oxygen to allow 10 people to breathe, absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide and have the cooling effect of 10 air conditioning units. These benefits are vital in the UK’s busy and increasingly crowded urban areas, where over 80% of the population now live.

The UK is one of the least wooded areas of Europe, with 13% woodland cover. This is compared to around 37% for European Union countries, according to the Forestry Commission’s figures. Though the Welsh government has promised to implement plans to restock government-owned woodland with five million trees, progress over the years has been slow in Cardiff; which has seen a staggering loss of 34 hectares of trees in recent years.

“Many of the great trees we see in our cities today are here thanks to our ancestors, who had the foresight to plant them as long as 150 years ago. But these trees are facing a raft of threats. Countless numbers of them are now reaching old age, and many are being lost due to urban sprawl, pests and diseases, and because of financial constraints on local authority budgets”, said Trees for Cities CEO, David Elliott.

“With growing urban neighborhoods, and a steady decline in the quality of city air, we now need these trees more than ever to support the health and wellbeing of our urban communities.”

The poll of 2,000 people from across the UK, commissioned by Trees for Cities, found that almost half (48%) of Cardiff residents are concerned about the quality of air in the city, and over two thirds (65%) claim they are concerned about global warming and rising temperatures. However, almost half (47%) believed more trees and green spaces were an important action for mitigating the effects of climate change. Of those polled, over 92% – equivalent to 9 in 10 of the population – agreed that it is important to plant more trees than are cut down. The same number said they would be willing to actively support initiatives which planted more.

Trees for Cities will be joined by almost 10,000 community volunteers to plant an estimated 50,000 new trees this winter in cities across the UK. This includes large standard trees, which will be planted in parks across Cardiff as part of a project with Cardiff Civic Society.

However, they warn that significantly more urban trees need to be planted to help mitigate the increasing environmental pressures on our cities. Their Generation Tree campaign for National Tree Week (25 November to 2 December) aims to raise awareness, and much needed funds, to continue planting more trees in areas of cities which need them the most.

“It’s not too late for us to be a generation that makes a positive impact on the plant”, said David. “By committing to plant more trees than we cut down, we are making our cities more livable for generations to come. We recognise that trees are not the only answer to mitigating the effects of climate change, but they can have a huge impact on cleaning and cooling our air, especially in our most built up communities.”