The England Trees Action Plan published by Government in 2021 sets out the central role trees should play in achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Trees and woodland are a cost-effective solution to both the climate and nature recovery agendas, providing economic, environmental and social benefits.
National ambitions for enhancing and protecting our treescape can only be met through local action. Local authorities, at every tier, are best placed to provide local leadership, coordinating inclusive and collaborative community engagement and involving multiple stakeholders. However, currently just over a third of local authorities have any form of strategic document that can guide the planting and management of the treescape – and many of these are in need of updating.
Developing a Tree and Woodland Strategy (TAWS) will help local authorities and treescape stakeholders to harness this national momentum, in a way that aligns with local needs.