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Planting trees in towns and cities

  • by J.W.

Advice from Treeconomics


More and more UK councils are ‘rewilding’ their parks and lawns:

Went to mow … but stopped: how UK cities embraced the meadows revolution | Wild flowers | The Guardian

Beijing and indeed across China is doing more, as Ray Mears discovered last night:

Wild China with Ray Mears – Watch episodes – ITV Hub

With an ambitious programme for the capital:

210 million trees planted in Beijing in 40 years : The Tribune India

This is part of an impressive national programme:

WIDER IMAGE China farmers push back the desert – one tree at a time | Reuters

Climate change: China’s forest carbon uptake ‘underestimated’ – BBC News

Tim Smit of the Eden Project is also working in China, where cities are “really looking at planting schemes”:

Cities need to become like villages to survive, says Eden Project founder


More Than Just A Pretty Trunk: How Street Trees Enhance Complete Streets | Michigan Complete Streets CoalitionSidmouth town council’s environment committee met on Monday – and had as guest speaker Keith Sacre, co-founder of Treeconomics, who have given key advice to the Sidmouth Arboretum over the years:


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And he talked urban trees – in particular about which trees to plant.

Here are a couple of articles which Keith has written on ‘urban trees’:

i-Tree focus | Tree planting strategies

Diversity in urban tree populations

Indeed, it’s all about chosing the right tree, especially with climate change in mind:

The tree hunter | Society of Garden Designers

Resilience – Future Proofing Plant Health – Forest Research

Finally, there are schemes out there to help finance tree-planting in urban areas – where match-funding can be provided in kind and not just in cash:

44,000 trees to be planted as Urban Tree Challenge Fund reopens – GOV.UK

The Big Give Green Match Fund | Trees for Cities


These pages have also featured urban planting:

Trees in town – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Planting trees on our streets: Retreefit campaign – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Our Trees in Sheffield: why we care so much about urban trees – Vision Group for Sidmouth