Trees in the Townscape: a Guide for Decision Makers
12 principles of best practice for all those involved in local decision making to ensure that our 21st century towns and cities are underpinned by a 21st century approach to urban trees, for maximum economic, social and environmental returns.
With over 80% of the UK’s population living in urban settings, trees in and around built-up areas – which many call the “urban forest” – have become a key component of the infrastructure that makes places work, look and feel better.
Trees in the Townscape: A Guide for Decision Makers takes a 21st century approach to urban trees, one that keeps pace with and responds to the challenges of our times. It offers 12 action-oriented principles spanning the range of planning, design, works and management issues that must be addressed for maximum economic, social and environmental returns. Each principle is supported by explanations of benefits and delivery mechanisms, as well as references for further reading.
34 case studies provide real-life examples of the principles in action, giving insight into best practice from all over England including Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Torbay, Sefton, Oxford, Leeds, Newcastle, Islington and Hackney as well as from further afield including the US and Hong Kong!
In keeping with TDAG’s ethos of raising awareness of the role of trees in the built environment by facilitating cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaboration, the development of this guide was based on over 40 interviews and extensive consultation with civil engineers, insurers, developers, designers, planners, tree officers, sustainability specialists, arboriculturists, tree nursery managers, ecologists, academics and not-for-profit organisations dedicated to community engagement and trees.
The guide also benefitted from a very broad based sponsorship as shown on the right.
Such a bottom-up and collaborative approach pays back: check our Endorse Trees in the Townscape page to see the groundswell of official endorsements the document has received. You’ll also find there everything you need to make sure key organisations in your neighbourhood, town or city endorse and champion the 12 Trees in the Townscape principles.
For more details about what happened at the launch of this new guide on 26 June at the Royal Geographical Society, see our press release.
Trees in the Townscape was produced thanks to the financial support of:
The Forestry Commission
The Woodland Trust
The Mayor of London
The Victoria Business Improvement District
University of Birmingham / Urban Futures
The Horticultural Trades Association / Greening the UK
The Mersey Forest / Peel Land Property / Newlands / BIS
Trees for Cities
International Society of Arboriculture – UK and Ireland Chapter
Municipal Tree Officers Association
The Subsidence Forum
Barrell Tree Consultancy