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Council plan to plant a tree for every citizen in the city

Coventry council are planning to plant a tree for every citizen. Credit: PA

Coventry council have set out plans which could see 360,000 trees planted across the city.

Proposals have been set out in the authority’s Green Space Strategy 2019-2024, which will be approved by full council tomorrow (October 15).

But the ambition would need to be delivered through a partnership with landowners including residents, schools and other private developers. It would also be subject to funding, the council has said.

Cllr John McNicholas, chair of the scrutiny board, said: “It is extremely important we in Coventry play our part in terms of carbon capture and sought an aspiration of planting a tree for every citizen in the city.

“Initially you think do we have enough land – no. But there are other opportunities and education has land so this aspiration becomes more and more practical.

“There are other organisations willing to participate in achieving that objective, so I’m very pleased that that was taken on board.”

– Cllr John McNicholas

However, head of streetpride and greenspace, Graham Hood, said the authority needs to find new places to plant trees – with school land key to the project.

He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We would work with schools and see if we can encourage them, where feasible, to plant trees in their school grounds.

“We need to find new places to plant trees and schools are an untapped reserve we would like to get involved in.”

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