Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman MP suggests urban trees more valuable than rural trees
June 18, 2012
The UK government’s Environment Secretary has expressed the urgent need for more trees in urban and suburban areas, and suggests in a recent interview with the Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow, that addressing this problem “hugely outweighs the value of planting trees in open land”.
You can read the article, covering discussions of the preparations for the Rio+20 summit here on the Guardian’s website.
The Environment Secretary goes on to say that: “I think we calculate in our national ecosystem assessment that a tree in an urban areas confers £38,000-worth of economic and social benefits, as I recall the figure. That informs decision-making. You would think hard, when you are creating a development, about keeping the trees that are in place that are there already, but also planting more. We are trying to plant 1m more trees during this parliament. We will actively look to plant those in urban and suburban areas because we know now, with the science base, the benefit that brings.”
The Community Forests have been promoting the economic contribution of tree planting in urban areas for over 20 years. More information about valuing green infrastructure can be found on our VALUE project website, on valuing attractive landscapes in the urban economy, here. South Yorkshire Forest Partnership is leading the delivery of this major project, worth more than £10m.