Dear Friend of Bristol’s Trees – You may have heard of last Thursday’s Royal Society report about cities needing to adapt to the effects of climate change. Within the report it recommends planting lots more trees in cities and up on the hills. It predicts many more vulnerable people (elderly mainly) in the coming decades and so urges decision makers to do the right things now. Separately you should know that five of Bristol’s fourteen Neighbourhood Partnerships have prioritised trees this year and two more are thinking about it. That could be half of Bristol including many of the less well-off areas.
Bristol’s Council is trying to do the right things but the combination of budget cuts and staff losses have slowed tree planting enormously and just as we enter our Green Capital Year. So I have been asked to get you please to either:
- volunteer to help at the PiPs (children) planting events, please contact: email@example.com
- and/or please reply to the Mayor’s request for ideas about how to invest the extra £4m the Council now has, suggesting they need more people resource to plant the trees. The backlog of unspent tree money is building and is well over £300,000 and some will be lost if it’s not used soon. It’s the capacity of officers to plan the planting that is lacking. Either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or take part in the Mayor’s consultation survey which takes about 10 minutes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Budget2015
(Note - If you read the documents supplied within the survey, it will take longer than 10 minutes!)
Other news: Forest of Avon Trust have more fruit trees available. Contact: email@example.com
Next TreeForum meeting is 19th Jan 6pm. Probably in The Pavilion (Harbourside), contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the New Year if you intend to come.
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