New council help to increase the number of trees in Camden
Camden Council has appointed a new tree planting coordinator, whose job is solely dedicated to ensuring new trees are regularly planted across Camden. The new officer’s role includes making sure more trees are planted on private land and new developments across the borough.
“Planting new trees across Camden is a priority for this administration, which is why we have appointed a new officer dedicated to seeking out new spots for trees. The extra greenery trees provide is not just a pleasure to look at – with rising temperatures due to climate change, trees help keep our city cool. And of course they help soak up air pollution and carbon.
“There are around 28,000 individual trees on public or council-owned land across the borough, and even more on private land. The environmental value of trees, especially in an urban environment, is increasingly well understood. Camden Council recently assisted with a study by University College London which revealed the ‘urban rainforest’ value of city trees thanks to their potential to store carbon and mitigate climate change.”
The new role is funded externally through Section 106 planning obligations and oversees the council’s target of planting at least 400 trees a year, with at least 50 of these in new locations.