CALL FOR WILTSHIRE COUNCIL TO DOUBLE TREE COVER IN WILTSHIRE BY 2045

All Councillors and MPs in Wiltshire

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Wiltshire Council declared climate emergency a year ago. There is now an urgent need to make sure that words are translated into action.

In addition to slashing greenhouse gas emissions, we need to double the area covered by trees to prevent climate breakdown. Doubling UK woodland cover could help absorb 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions annually as well as bringing significant other benefits to soil quality, flood prevention and natural habitats.

Tree cover in Wiltshire is only 10%, while the total in the UK is 13% and in the EU it is an estimated average between 35% and 45%.

In light of the forthcoming ash dieback disease trees are going to need replacing so planting will also support these very near future losses. We have little chance of meeting international climate change agreements unless we plant more trees - starting now!

Petition by
Adrienne Solti
Warminster, United Kingdom

To: All Councillors and MPs in Wiltshire
From: [Your Name]

We call on Wiltshire Council to commit now to doubling tree cover by 2045, to build this target into development plans, and to develop a tree planting and maintenance programme.