Dec 02 2020

Update from Heather Elgar Conservation and External Affairs officer South West

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the climate and nature emergencies have remained high priorities across the South West, and we have continued to work with local authorities and through Local Nature Partnerships to develop strong strategies and policies that deliver for trees.


Recently the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership launched the Gloucestershire Tree Strategy, with a bold ambition to realise 20% tree canopy cover by 2030. We’ve supported the strategy and are exploring how we will work with partners to deliver.


We are also supporting a Tree Strategy for the West of England (through the West of England Nature Partnership), which sets out a clear approach to delivering ambitions to double tree and woodland cover. It’s not yet published – but watch this space. We also supported Bristol’s Ecological Emergency Strategy, which sets an ambition that 30% of Bristol will be managed for nature by 2030 – and continuing to working with city partners as Replant Bristol to catalyse delivery.


We’ve kick-started a new ‘Trees for Devon’ group through the Devon Local Nature Partnership. This brings forestry, farming, public sector and conservation interests together to co-develop a bold, ecologically-enhancing, sustainable and viable plan to expand Devon’s woodland cover. We continue to support the Forest for Cornwall, and engage with other local authorities, public agencies and key partnerships across the South West on joined up approaches.



Update from Heather Elgar Conservation and External Affairs officer South West

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