Closed petition Establish a presumption against felling of mature trees in England

We are losing native broadleaf trees at a tremendous rate. Felling can have massive impact on wildlife, biodiversity, environment, wellbeing and ultimately climate, yet few trees have Tree Preservation Orders, and there is little policy protection for the remainder.

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Policy needs to protect our tree resource and slow the decline of canopy cover. There is little point planting new trees if we continue cutting down mature trees. Young transplants cannot ‘replace’ the canopy of a single hundred-year old oak, and cannot provide significant benefit for years. How much simpler and more effective to retain existing habitats. A licence should be required for the felling of any mature tree, and be granted only in exceptional and clearly defined circumstances.

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Tell MPs what you think about the Climate Assembly’s recommendations for net-zero emissions

MPs from six select committees of the House of Commons joined together to set up a citizens’ assembly on climate change to look at how the UK should reach its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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