Tree and Design Action Group – The group shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations by influencing the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces.
“Trees make places work, look and feel better. As well as playing a role in climate proofing our neighbourhoods and supporting human health and environmental well-being, trees can also help to create conditions for economic success. This guide takes a 21st century approach to urban trees, providing decision makers with the principles and references they need to fully realise this potential.
This is an approach to trees that keeps pace with and responds to the challenges of our times. Trees in the Townscape offers a comprehensive set of 12 action-oriented principles which can be adapted to the unique context of your own town or city to provide a roadmap for trees in a 21st century context. Each principle is fully supported by explanations of delivery mechanisms, examples of the principle in practice and links to further references. Trees in the Townscape focuses on individual trees in the urban forest, whether highway trees, trees in public open spaces and housing land or private trees. It does not cover urban woodland management.”
Source: Trees in the Townscape A Guide for Decision Makers Report
Who should use the 12 principles?
The 12 principles in Trees in the Townscape are for everyone involved in making or influencing decisions that shape the spaces and places in which we live. It will be particularly relevant to local elected members, policy makers and community groups together with large land estate owners, such as registered social landlords. It will also be useful to those professionals who bring their technical expertise to facilitate delivery, such as engineers, architects, landscape architects or urban designers.
How were the 12 principles developed?
This guide was developed by the Trees and Design Action Group based on over 40 interviews and wide consultation with key knowledge holders in the built environment sector including civil engineers, insurers, developers, designers, planners, tree officers, sustainability specialists, arboriculturists, tree nursery managers, ecologists, academics, and not-for-profit organisations specialising in community engagement and trees.
- Know Your Tree Resource
Create and maintain easy-to-use records of the existing canopy cover and the nature and condition of the tree population.
- Have a Comprehensive Tree Strategy
Produce, adopt and implement a collaborative strategy for protecting, developing and managing a thriving, benefit-generating urban forest which is in tune with local needs and aspirations.
- Embed Trees into Policy and Other Plans
Adopt clear standards for the protection, care and planting of trees in the local plan and key corporate policy and investment documents.
- Make Tree-friendly Places
Create places where tree species can thrive and deliver their full range of benefits without causing harmful nuisance.
- Pick the Right Trees
Select and use trees appropriate to the context.
- Seek Multiple Benefits
Harvest the full range of benefits trees can deliver as part of a local green infrastructure system, focusing on key local aspirations.
- Procure a Healthy Tree
Plant healthy, vigorous trees that have been adequately conditioned to thrive in the environment in which they are destined to live.
- Provide Soil, Air and Water
Ensure trees have access to the nutrients, oxygen and water they need to fulfill their genetic potential for growth and longevity.
- Create Stakeholders
Work with local political, professional and community stakeholders to champion the value of trees in the townscape.
- Take an Asset Management Approach
Inform all planning, management and investment decisions with a robust understanding of both the costs and the value trees deliver.
- Be Risk Aware (Rather than Risk Averse)
Take a balanced and proportionate approach to tree safety management.
- Adjust Management to Needs
Conduct proactive and tailored tree maintenance to ensure optimum benefits in response to local needs.
To read the full report: http://www.tdag.org.uk/uploads/4/2/8/0/4280686/tdag_trees-in-the-townscape_november2012.pdf