The Woodland Trust

Publication date:

May 2018

Publication type:

Policy paper



Woods and trees are essential. They improve our health and wellbeing, clean the air we breathe, cool our cities and manage flooding. They provide space for nature to thrive, even in densely populated urban areas, and are the landmarks we grew up with, and remain connected to. But more than 100,000 trees have been removed from our streets since 2010.

When a single tree can provide tens of thousands of pounds in environmental benefits, the numbers don’t add up. And it’s not just street trees. Over the last 10 years more than 1,000 irreplaceable ancient woods have been threatened by development.

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