The Forest of Avon Trust, Bristol Tree Forum and Bristol City Council are working together to plant 590 new street trees across Bristol this coming winter. We are contacting communities in areas where funding has been offered by the Forestry Commission asking your support to plant these trees and inviting you to get involved in their care and maintenance. We hope you agree that tree planting will be something positive in your area. We are looking forward to sharing ideas with you and working together to make this happen.
The before and after images above show you how trees in your street can transform it, (the image with trees is a visualisation).
Benefits of Trees in Your Street
Trees provide a wealth of benefits, including:
- Slowing climate warming as trees absorb and store carbon dioxide (around half of every tree is stored carbon);
- Providing shade and cooling on hot summer days;
- Slowing the flow of water, reducing local flooding;
- Improving air quality (reducing asthma and other health conditions);
- Bringing wildlife close to home;
- Creating a great outdoor space, making us feel better: so important at this time; and
- Providing a great way for you to take action (through tree planting & care) benefiting your community and the wider environment.
People value the benefits of trees and they can increase your house value by 3 to 7%.
Bristol's Green Streets: New Funding for Street Trees
In 2019, Bristol City Council was awarded funding from the Forestry Commission to help plant 590 street trees and 10 small woodlands across the city. Following consultation, 8 small woodlands were planted last winter, (with the final 2 being planted this year).
The City Council is now focusing on the 59 tree planting clusters where funding has been offered. Each has 10 potential tree planting locations and The Council has employed the Forest of Avon Trust to help deliver the street tree planting, focusing on community consultation and engagement.
The 59 planting clusters are here; local Councillors have been briefed on these.
Checking for Services
The City Council is currently doing detailed checks to make sure that there are no physical barriers to prevent tree planting like the presence of underground services (E.G. gas, electricity and telecoms. The Trust is undertaking additional checks on site. These surveys will be completed by the end of August.
Using an updated list of proposed tree planting sites, Bristol Tree Forum Tree Champions and the Forest of Avon Trust will hand-deliver letters to residents closest to the sites to consult you on them, enclosing visualisations to help show what the trees will look like in time. We will be asking whether you would like would like to get involved in planting and caring for the trees. Everyone has the chance to comment through the e-postcard below.
While this will vary in some locations, we aim to plant 10 trees in each.
Tree planting will take place in the period November 2020- March 2021. Where local people want to help plant trees, which we are encouraging, we hope that Covid-19 restrictions will allow people to do this working alongside the City Council's tree planting contractors. Once planted, trees will need plenty of watering and the Trust and Bristol Tree Forum will support you with this.
The small woodlands have/ will be planted as part of the One Tree per Child programme, drawing down match funding where necessary from the One Tree per Employee campaign.
For information on the consultation programme, please email Anna Brunton, Forest of Avon Trust, here. For details of the wider project, please contact John Atkinson of Bristol City Council here.