TREE CITIES OF THE WORLD
Stirling Council has a huge part to play in managing trees and woodlands in our streets, parks and other public places across the Council area. Earlier this year it published its draft Climate & Nature Emergency Plan. You can see TreeLink’s response to the draft here.
It has followed this up with a consultation draft of Alive with Nature, a more detailed look at tackling the Nature Emergency. You can see these documents on the Council's engagement platform - click here to see them.
TreeLink will soon be responding to the draft of Alive with Nature and the Tree & Woodland Policy. Our responses include our recommendation that Stirling Council should commit to affiliating with the United Nations Tree Cities of the World programme. The programme had its roots in the USA and uses the term ‘city’ to indicate a local authority area. In Stirling’s case it would include the rural and urban parts of the authority. In practical terms, this would mean that the Council would commit to meeting the programme's five principles.
1. Identify an officer or team in the Council with the overall responsibility for managing and planting trees and woodlands.
2. Ensure that a clear inventory of trees and woodlands is maintained and shared.
3. Detail the Council’s strategy for protecting, managing and increasing trees and woodlands.
4. Make a clearly identifiable budget available for tree and woodland management and planting.
5. Raise awareness of the benefits of trees and woodlands through community engagement and celebration of the benefits of trees in our communities.
These commitments would help the Council to meet its ambitious tree planting targets. Formal commitment would ensure that the focus is not just on numbers planted but on getting 'the right trees into the right places' and on looking after our existing trees and woodlands. Crucially, it would commit a budget to this essential work.