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Tree and Woodland Strategy

About our ten year programme for sustaining the borough's urban forest

About our strategy

This strategy sets out how we'll manage our tree stocks in a sustainable way.

An important aspect of plan will be to, as far as is practicable, make the trees and woodlands more resilient in the face of threats from:

  • introduced pests
  • diseases
  • climate change

The period of the strategy is ten years from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2027.

Key aims

A key aim will be to increase tree canopy cover in the borough by:

  • planting new trees
  • ensuring proper development of newly established trees to maximise the benefits they can provide

A key target area will be urban King’s Lynn. But tree planting will be encouraged throughout the whole of our borough.

The strategy seeks to strike a balance between:

  • maximising benefits provided by trees
  • recognising that trees can cause significant problems for home owners when in close proximity to dwellings and gardens

Where possible, long term solutions will be applied to reduce the level of conflict between trees and residents.

The landscape impact of historic trees in the centre of the town, including the Walks, will be carefully preserved. However, an important element of this preservation effort will be gradual regeneration of the tree cover on these areas. The preservation and improvement of wildlife habitats and the conservation value of the borough’s trees and woodlands is at the heart of the strategy.

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