Save Mature Trees in Norwich Cathedral Area

Save Mature Trees in Norwich Cathedral Area

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Claire Kidman started this petition to Norwich City Council

Save Norwich’s Mature Trees in Norwich Cathedral Area

The Norwich School’s expansion plans involve the felling of a London Plane tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) along with eleven other mature trees and replacing them with a tree-planting scheme.

The London Plane is a valuable tree estimated to be 150 to 200 years old.

The Norwich School, as custodians of the land that comprises a hugely significant part of Norwich’s history, should not seek to destroy this tree and eleven others, in order to expand their school:

Ecological benefits loss

Poor air quality is an issue in Norwich. Young, small trees cannot replace the ecological benefits of large, mature trees. Norwich needs its trees for the widest possible range of environmental gains. Keeping large trees is also vital for dealing with predicted temperature rises in the city centre over the next three to four decades.

Permanent spoiling of views

Removal of the trees will change views permanently. The planting scheme will not prevent this, and views of hard landscape and buildings will increase. Mature trees enhance this area’s character which is one of the reasons the planting scheme is called ‘compensatory’.

Real doubts the scheme is feasible

There is not enough evidence the planting scheme is feasible. There is a risk that unforeseen problems could be found at the tree planting stage.

Felling a tree protected by a Tree Preservation Order will set a precedent

What happens to the London Plane and the other mature trees will show how Norwich sees its natural assets. Trees should not be felled because they have become inconvenient.

Tree planting schemes can be planned anyway

Planting new trees is positive but does not require the destruction of protected trees.

These plans are contrary to Norwich City Council’s vision and policy

Removing healthy trees from the city centre and replacing them with smaller trees goes against the city’s vision. Norwich City Council’s Tree Protection Officer objects to the plans. City Council goals are to combat climate change and achieve a city that has excellent air quality, 'using our local natural resources effectively', to preserve the variety, and number of Norwich’s trees and to protect viable trees. This loss is avoidable, and the replacement trees will not provide an equivalent biomass.

The Norwich School’s application remains contrary to Policy DM6, DM7, DM9, plus NPPF15 & NPPF16.

Please sign my petition urging Norwich City Council to reject The Norwich School’s plans that will lead to the felling of a London Plane that is the subject of a Public Protection Order along with eleven more mature trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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