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Tree mapping explored
On 16th June TDAG with partners, Forest Research and University of Birmingham/BIFoR, ran a half day workshop exploring some of the many different tree mapping and data collection systems operating in the UK.
The starting point for decision making about trees is firstly, to know what you have and secondly, to know where trees are needed for the social, environmental and economic benefits that trees can deliver to people and place. Nearly 500 people registered for the workshop and over 200 were able to attend on the day. The consensus was that greater clarification on mapping systems is needed and TDAG is working with its partners and the Geospatial Commission on ‘next steps’.
Vicky Bowskill captured the salient points raised in a graphic presentation which can be seen below. The recording, presentations and many references and links provided by the presenters and attendees can be found here.
Sue’s particular expertise and specialist knowledge and advocacy is around the use of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). She contributed to the CIRIA SuDS Manual and was lead author for the SuDS Construction Guidance for both new developments and retrofitting. How to integrate trees and Sustainable Drainage Systems is one of the issues regularly raised by TDAG supporters.
However, Sue’s engagement in SuDS is part of a desire to see the approach to urban landscapes embrace the broadest extent of climate change, where water, trees, SuDS and landscape as a whole can make a major contribution towards reducing the effects of climate change.
Sue immediately agreed to be a TDAG Trustee when invited explaining that “I have always had a love of woodland, and considered forestry as a career. I cherish the time I spend walking in our local woods, and am increasingly saddened by the felling and death of so many trees. I am keen to support TDAG on its mission, as adapting our environment to create attractive and resilient towns and cities is a major challenge for us all.”
Sue will be talking about SuDS at the TDAG meeting on 12th May 2022 (see our Events page for details).
This draft document has been released by Homes England as a companion to Building for a Healthy Life and Manual for Streets. It provides that vital missing element of what good, adopted residential streets should look like and how they should function. TDAG is pleased to be a member of the Sounding Board and supports this document as a valuable addition to the growing body of knowledge focused on ‘how to get it right’. Streets for a Healthy Life is referenced in TDAG’s own Trees, Planning and Development: A Guide for Delivery. Both documents are designed to be read on line and revised over time.