In September 2008, Haringey Council adopted a Tree Strategy - a policy for the management and maintenance of council owned trees.
Trees play an essential role in towns and cities providing a wide range of environmental, economic and social benefits. Some benefits are measurable - such as improvements in air quality, many are not, but they can have a positive impact on the lives of those living and working in the urban environment.
The Tree Strategy provides a framework document which details the council’s approach to the management and enhancement of its tree stock. It complements and links with other relevant strategies, such as:
- the Greenest Borough Strategy - ‘Going Green’ 2008,
- the Open Space Strategy - ‘A Space for Everyone’ 2006, and
- the Local Plan
Application of the policies within the Tree Strategy will ensure trees within Haringey are managed in a pro-active and systematic manner, leading to improvements in tree health and a more sustainable tree population. The Tree Strategy outlines the council’s commitment to increasing the total number of trees under its ownership. New trees will be planted in streets, parks and housing sites.
Public consultation on the draft Tree Strategy highlighted widespread support for new tree planting, the active management of woodlands and increased notification of tree removals and planned tree works.
If you would like further information on the borough's trees please email Alex Fraser, Principal Arboriculture Officer using our parks e-form.