Councillors urge Suffolk County Council to protect our woodlands

The need to celebrate Suffolk’s woodlands and protect them for future generations was discussed by Suffolk County Council at its meeting on 7 December 2017, with councillors pledging unanimous support for our motion.

The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group called upon Suffolk County Council to sign the Woodland Trust’s “Charter for Trees, Woods and People”. The Charter was launched on 6 November 2017 to mark the 800 year anniversary of the influential 1217 Charter of the Forest.

Councillor David Wood, leader of the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group, proposed the motion and commented:

“We are very lucky in Suffolk to be blessed with many areas of outstanding natural beauty. As a Group, we believe it is time for Suffolk County Council to recognise the importance of our woodlands, and make a commitment to protect them for future generations.”

Councillor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Green County Councillor for Beccles, added:

“Trees bring so many benefits to our communities. This is an opportunity for SCC to recognise this and protect their status in Suffolk. In doing so we will protect our health and wellbeing as well as the health of our environment”.

The Woodland Trust is leading a call with more than 70 organisations from across multiple sectors, and hopes the Charter will bring the discussion of the importance of forests and trees back into public consciousness.

There are ten principles which underpin the charter:

  1. Thriving habitats for diverse species
  2. Planting for the future
  3. Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
  4. A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK
  5. Better protection for important trees and woods
  6. Enhancing new developments with trees
  7. Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
  8. Access to trees for everyone
  9. Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
  10. Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees

More information is available on the Woodland Trust’s website.

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