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Require developers felling trees to fund reforestation projects

Submitted by Michael Ormiston on Monday 8th March 2021

Published on Monday 15th March 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 15th September 2021

Current Signatures: 1,451
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Require developers felling trees to fund reforestation projects

Petition Details

Tree growth is an effective means of trapping carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. The UK has one of the lowest forested areas in Europe.

Mature trees are lost in housing and infrastructure development.

We want Parliament to legislate to ensure these trees are adequately replaced.

Additional Information

New forests absorb carbon dioxide, help biodiversity and help the UK to meet its carbon footprint target.

At present, a mature tree lost in the course of a development is replaced, if at all, by a sapling on site. The net loss of carbon trapping is detrimental to the local environment and the atmosphere.

There would be a formula whereby the funding for replacement saplings depends on the size of the tree lost.

The national and global benefits of more forestation will accrue wherever it is done.


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