More trees are set to be planted this year as part of the Councils response to climate change. 50,000 are promised.
Officials say that the programme has been delayed by the heath scare although little progress seems to have been made in securing sites for the “forest”.
Over the last few months, residents have laid informal claims for the use of some unused areas of land on the City outskirts as informal exercise areas. These would be a good place for the Council to start looking for locations for planting although it does own several sites, including some near the river, which could accommodate more trees.
Informal walks through Acomb Wood, and the like, have brought home to more people the value of informal leisure space. Any Council initiative is likely to have popular support if it is pressed through quickly now.
Hopefully they will remedy the mistakes of the past and avoid planting inappropriate species of trees too close to paths and highways.
We have already learned that nearly £500,000 is required to repair part of the York – Selby cycle path which has been badly damaged by tree roots. One lesson is the need in the future to install “root shields” at vulnerable locations.
There are similar problems in the urban area