As the Woodland Trust points out, trees are critical for the future of the planet and for our own wellbeing, health and happiness. The protection of existing trees alongside an aim to increase tree coverage in the Parish was a core objective of the Cam Neighbourhood Plan, a large village and parish in Stroud District.
The network of woodland, trees and hedgerows in Cam make an important contribution to the distinct character of the rapidly growing village.
Trees provide an important backdrop to the village but they also mark gateways, landmarks and define key spaces and routes. Trees make a primary contribution to the distinctiveness and quality of Cam and contribute to its sense of place.
The evidence base underpinned a planning policy on trees and woodland, with the aim of:
– retaining existing trees where possible,
– where there is an unavoidable loss of trees, replacing trees with regard to the species and age of the loss of tree – not simply a one for one replacement,
– integrating new trees as key placemaking features as are already found throughout the village.
The evidence base demonstrating the role and importance of trees is set out in the Cam Design Code (click here to read more), which contains detailed guidance for trees in the Parish, from design approach to species selection, to planting and maintenance. It also draws on the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard (BTRS) to inform how decisions are made on replacement trees – this sets out a clear approach to determining the number of replacement trees in relation to trees lost. We think this clear approach can be applied in locations other than Bristol.
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