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Urban trees

Trees are among the most versatile and cost-effective natural assets that planners, policy makers, businesses and communities can use to raise the quality of Welsh towns and cities

Investing in trees for the future creates attractive places for people – delivering economic, social and environmental benefits

Benefits for all

Trees are an essential element of our urban green infrastructure, delivering a wide range of services to help sustain life, promote well-being and support economic benefits.

The Public Opinion of Forestry Survey 2017 Wales (Forestry Commission England website), shows that people use and value woodlands and urban trees in many different ways.

We see them all around us, on public and private land, along streets, roads and rivers. We see them in civic, retail and business areas, in parks, cemeteries, schools and in residential gardens. There are even urban woodlands.

Woodlands for Wales

In Woodlands for Wales, the Welsh Government states its aim to ensure that trees and woodlands play a greater and more valued role in towns and cities. This will improve the quality of life and surroundings for people who live in urban areas.

We work with Welsh Government and others to promote urban trees as a principal component of Green Infrastructure. We advocate approaches that provide multiple well-being benefits for people.

Tree cover in Wales’ towns and cities

This Natural Resources Wales study helps us all to understand more about the tree cover in our communities so that we can better plan and manage this amazing resource. This is the first time a country has ever recorded all of its urban canopy cover.

Discover where tree cover is at its highest and lowest across Wales’s towns and cities. See how the character of the landscape, more or less well-off neighbourhoods and land-use all influence the extent of canopy cover.

View the summary, read the full report: Tree cover in Wales' towns and cities or see the results by county:

Blaenau Gwent Bridgend Caerphilly
Cardiff Carmarthenshire Ceredigion
Conwy Denbighshire Flintshire
Gwynedd Isle of Anglesey Merthyr Tydfil
Monmouthshire Neath Port Talbot Newport
Pembrokeshire Powys Rhondda Cynon Taff
Swansea Torfaen Vale of Glamorgan
Wrexham    

 

i-Tree Eco

Urban trees are a valuable source of ecosystem services in towns and cities, providing cost-effective solutions to many of the environmental issues facing urban society. Quantifying the services that trees provide in improving local air quality, capturing and storing carbon and reducing flooding reveals the significant monetary benefits that trees deliver year on year. Find out more about the value of urban trees to society for Bridgend, Wrexham and the Tawe Catchment. 

Read about the findings from the i-Tree Eco studies for Bridgend and Wrexham County Boroughs and for the Tawe Catchment. An i-Tree Eco study for Cardiff is also in preparation.

Coed Aber

Turning a vision for trees into reality.

This joint initiative in Aberystwyth has combined enthusiasm and expertise from Natural Resources Wales, Ceredigion County Council, Greener Aberystwyth Group and the Aberystwyth Regeneration Board to deliver a three year project worth £375,000. The town’s main approach road is being transformed with trees, the aim being to improve people’s lives and attract business investment.

Find out more, along with details of the innovative Park & Ride planting, in the Trees and Design Action Group guide, Trees in Hard Landscapes.

You can also watch the video that Natural Resources Wales commissioned to help kick start the vision.

Trees and Design Action Group

Visit the Trees and Design Action Group website to view two recent guidance documents:

Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision-Makers provides 12 best practice principles to ensure our towns and cities adopt a 21st century approach, where trees are fundamental in making places work, look and feel better

Trees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery explores the practical challenges and solutions associated with integrating trees into 21st century streets, civic spaces and car parks. It details process, design and technical options

Contact us

For further information, please contact: urbantrees@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Tree cover in Wales' towns and cities Summary of report PDF [2.1 MB]
Tree cover in Wales' towns and cities Full report PDF [13.1 MB]
Wrexham's urban trees October 2016 PDF [1.2 MB]
Swansea and Tawe's urban trees October 2016 PDF [765.0 KB]
Bridgend's urban trees PDF [1.4 MB]
Urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology PDF [572.2 KB]

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