Just how many trees are there?
RECENTLY you reported that Newcastle City Council claimed that the City had one million trees.
They also said they were increasing tree cover by 19.1% with 19,000 trees.
But wait a minute, in their Tree Strategy Report, they said the City already had 18.1% tree cover.
Using simple maths, this implies the existing number of
trees is only 181,000.
Previously, the council claimed the city had 800,000 trees.
So how many trees has Newcastle actually got? And what proportion are privately owned in people’s gardens?
How can the council have a credible Tree Strategy, if it doesn’t know how many trees it’s got, where they are located and who owns what?