We've been working hard for local residents to push for the Council's Tree Strategy to provide the improved public health and wellbeing benefits we need. We're pleased the council have taken on board many of our technical recommendations to improve the policy. Unfortunately, they've failed to act on our main recommendation, which is to dramatically increase the scope and impact of their policy. The kind of visionary approach we're proposing is happening in other parts of the country - groups in Belfast are trying to work with the council to plant 1 million trees, for example. We need Green councillors in Newcastle to advocate for this kind of ambition here too.
Read the Belfast Telegraph's article about the initiative taking place there.