Sheffield City Council has revealed a 15-year strategy that will see 100,000 trees planted, recognising the council’s responsibility to maintain and invest in the city’s woodlands.
Following a consultation with local residents in 2016, the council has worked with a number of partners to develop a 15 year strategy setting out how it will accomplish its vision to providing resilient and sustainably managed trees. The strategy includes 53 actions over four themes – people, places, environment and sustainability, and quality standards and resources. Some of the headline actions include:
- Protecting, enhancing and promoting Sheffield’s trees and maximise their benefits in all parts of the city
- Increasing visitor numbers and volunteering in woodlands that serve areas of Sheffield
- Planting at least 100,00 additional trees and replacing trees on a two for one basis in green spaces and woodlands over the coming decade.
The strategy covers the entire city, from the inner city to parts of the Peak District National Park that fall within the Sheffield boundary and looks after trees in the city’s woodlands, parks, cemeteries ,housing estates and schools. A separate plan is set to be developed over the next year for the 36,000 street trees in the city.
Sheffield is recognised as the greenest city in the UK, with over 4.5m trees and 180 woodlands, the city boasts an estimated 21.6% canopy coverage in urban areas (compared to the 14% seen across the Greater London area).