What you told us about Plymouth’s trees

The feedback from Plymouth residents will be used to develop the Plan for Trees.

Plymouth City Council wants to thank everyone who took the time to respond to its survey on the city’s trees.

The Council carried out public engagement to help shape the city’s Plan for Trees between Monday 20 August and Sunday 16 September, and in total 1,105 residents responded to the survey, though the council engaged with around 8,500 people in total during the process online, face to face and through our partners. Events also took place at a range of venues across the city including Tothill Community Centre, Central Park and at the Council’s Active Neighbourhood sites (Efford Nature Reserve, Ernesettle Creek, Teats Hill, Kings Tamerton and Budshead Wood).

Of all those who responded, 97 per cent agreed or strongly agreed that trees were important and 94 per cent that they were important for providing a sense of pride in the city, while 97 per cent agreed we should look after the city’s trees in healthy and sustainable ways.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and the Environment, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to all the residents who took the time to tell us what they thought – we are delighted with the response and will use what you told us to develop the next steps.

“The vast majority of people told us that trees are an important feature of the city and in helping us to provide a sense of pride within the city. The survey has also helped us identify a number of issues where we know we will have to prioritise work.”

There are four themes to the Plan for Trees, which are:

  • Promote – To promote the benefits and value of the our trees through education and encouraging best practice
  • Protect – To protect Plymouth’s special trees and woodlands for future generations
  • Care – To care for our trees by practicing and promoting good tree and woodland management
  • Enhance – To enhance urban areas by increasing tree canopy cover.

The top three results in the survey when residents were asked what the most important job trees deliver were, providing a home to wildlife, improving air quality, and making the city look more attractive.

The results will be used for a delivery plan on how to manage the city’s 40,000 street trees and 200 hectares of woodlands, and the new Plan for Trees will then be presented to the council’s Cabinet.