The York Forest

With many eyes on the forest fires in the Amazon basin, it is perhaps a good time to review the health and extent of tree cover in and around the City of York.

York lies within the boundaries of the proposed new “Northern Forest

Northern Forest

By removing carbon dioxide, trees help mitigate climate change. The shade provided by urban tree canopies can also help minimize the urban heat island effect.

Trees planted in Kingsthorpe in the 1970’s have now matured into a small wood area.

 In addition, trees intercept stormwater, which can reduce flooding and improve water quality, and reduce air pollution, such as ozone, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter. Reductions in air pollution has proven benefits to human health 

Not surprisingly in 2019, there is a suite of computer models available which give use a greater insight into tree cover in particular areas.

Many feel that the key priority – after the proper maintenance of existing tree stocks – is to maximise the planting of mature trees which will grow to provide an enhanced canopy.

The models have helped local authorities like Leeds and Wrexham to map their existing tree cover and draw up future planting strategies.

In turn, the work suggest that open spaces – rather than verges – should be the first place to look for new planting sites

There is scope to plant more trees and wildflowers on open areas in York near the rivers.

York has had a voluntary group “Treemendous” which has supported tree planting in public spaces for nearly 10 years.

Some work is already going on at neighbourhood level. The Foxwood Residents Association having already obtained a grant to plant trees on part of the Thanet Road sports area.

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