We the undersigned, call on the Vale of Glamorgan Council to protect our remaining street trees and to follow the example of Wrexham Council and to set a local target to increase the urban tree cover in Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan Borough by 20% during the next ten years.
Why is this important?
We are losing our street/urban trees at an alarming rate. Yet these trees are vitally important to making our urban spaces pleasant and tolerable. Trees in our urban communities have a number of environmental, social and ecological benefits:
* Are vital for improving air quality by the production of oxygen and the absorbtion of air pollution.
* Controls flooding by intercepting and soaking up rainfall.
* Contribute to reducing climate change.
* Helping to reduce noise pollution.
* Provides vital food and habitat for our struggling wildlife.
* Provide shade and cooling during summer heat waves.
We understand that local government is under great financial pressure so we need to send a message to our Councillors that our street/urban trees are a priority for local people.