Liberal Democrat County Councillors have welcomed plans for a Hertfordshire tree strategy that could see more than a million additional trees in the county but called for big changes in the way the council deals with existing roadside trees. The tree "establishing" plans were discussed at a meeting of Herts County Council's Environment Panel on 10th June.
Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson Steve Jarvis said, "Whilst it is good to see that there will be plans to plant more trees and to encourage others to do so, the way that the council currently deals with road side trees is simply not good enough.
Large numbers of trees get removed with the promised replacements often not materialising and the maintenance of remaining trees is often very poor. Minimal work is done to cut off any branches causing an obstruction, although even this doesn't always happen, until the trees grow too large, causing problems that can only be resolved by chopping them down.
There will be occasions when trees need to be removed, but failing to maintain them properly just results in many trees being removed unnecessarily. This undermines good work being done by so many on planting more trees to reduce carbon and increase biodiversity."