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Watford’s Tree Canopy to be Increased

Watford Borough Council has unveiled its plan to increase the town’s tree canopy cover from 18% to 20% over the next ten years after an ambitious Tree and Woodland Strategy was agreed at Cabinet. 
Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town while Watford’s older tree population will continue to be maintained and conserved for future generations.
 
The council currently manages thousands of trees across 506 hectares of public open space. Including the woodlands of Whippendell Wood, Harebreaks Wood, Albans Wood and woodland areas in Oxhey Park, and Orchard Park. Whippendell Wood accounts for a large percentage of the current canopy. Howerver there are opportunities to increase this cover in other parts of the town, including parks and playing fields.

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Watford also has a street tree population of 5230 trees which will be boosted with more planting. These trees are an integral part of the urban landscape. They are valued by residents for contributing to a greener environment, for the pleasing aesthetics they create and for the health and wellbeing qualities they impart
 
Large numbers of trees will be planted in green spaces and woods across the town. Watford’s older tree population will continue to be maintained and conserved for future generations.
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