In my London Environment Strategy, I set a target to increase the area of London under tree canopy by 10 per cent of the current level by 2050. Protecting our existing trees and woodlands, as well as planting new ones, will be essential to meeting this aim.
My new London Plan outlines strong protections for trees and woodlands. This includes protecting trees of high biodiversity value such as ‘veteran’ trees and ancient woodland. The policy also requires development proposals to ensure that, wherever possible, existing trees of value are retained, and any trees that are removed are adequately replaced with trees of equivalent or greater value.
I am also working with the Forestry Commission and other members of the London Urban Forest Partnership on a London Urban Forest Plan. This will set out priority actions that the partnership will take for the capital’s trees and woodlands including improving their protection and management.