Lord Framlingham advocates the role of our urban trees in the UK’s House of Lords:
“Are we making the most of this incredible asset?”
The Landscape Interface Studio blog recently reported on the ‘Trees in the Townscape A Guide for Decision Makers Report’ – now Lord Framlingham has made a strong case for urban trees at the House of Lords on Thursday 15 January 2015 during a Natural Environment debate initiated by Lady Bakewell. Lord Framlingham called for a nationally coordinated approach to enhance the integration of trees in the design and management of hard landscapes. He commended the Tree and Design Action Group’s latest two publications and urged Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to “lend his weight to the distribution of these guides, or more particularly their contents, so as to co-ordinate and encourage the most enlightened and best practice everywhere”.
Less satisfactory was the lack of clear answer to Lord Framlingham’s question on who has responsibility for urban trees at a governmental level. It would appear that, despite the interest and good intentions towards urban trees demonstrated during the debate, the central question as to who is actually responsible for ensuring the urban forest and all the benefits it bestows is managed in the present and is sustained and developed into the future, remains unanswered.