TREE ACTION PLAN

What

Who

Success measure

Target date

Progress update

Deliver the Ash Dieback Plan

Head of Operations, City Parks

Plan delivered by December 2030

 

Felling completed within next three years

Replanting completed within the next five years[1]

Replanting is subject to funding being available

Recruit Tree Enforcement Officer

Arboriculture Manager

Officer in post

December 2022

 

Establish role of Tree Enforcement Officer, including relevant training and developing work programme

Arboriculture Manager

Officer inducted and delivering work programme

March 2023

 

Develop and implement enforcement process

Arboriculture Manager

Enforcement process agreed by Committee

May 2023

 

Develop elm spotter plan, including identifying resources to spot and relevant training

Arboriculture Manager

Increased number of trained elm spotters

October 2022

And ongoing

 

Develop and implement process for managing diseased elms that have been spotted

Arboriculture Manager

Process agreed and in action

October 2022

And ongoing

 

Design and install elm disease signage

Arboriculture Manager

Communications Officer

Signage prepared

Signage installed in relevant locations

September 2022

And ongoing

Signage has been used previously. This needs to be reviewed and updated.

Improve education and communication on elm disease

Arboriculture Manager

Communications Officer

Web pages updated

Regular communications published

September 2022

Educational activities have been used previously. These need to be reviewed and updated.

Develop and deliver a programme of tree surveying

Arboriculture Manager

All trees identified

All trees surveyed

December 2025

Tender for surveying of trees in parks to be issued in 2022

This action is linked to the procurement of a new tree management system

Recruit Tree Surveyor to survey trees on HRA land

Arboriculture Manager

Surveyor in post

Completed

Surveyor is in post

Develop and deliver a programme of tree surveying on HRA land

HRA Tree Surveyor

All trees identified

All trees surveyed

March 2023

Surveying has started

Procure a new tree management system

Head of Strategy & Service Improvement

Business case approved

System procured

March 2023

 

Establish role of Tree Planting Officers

Arboriculture Manager

Increase in new trees planted across the city

December 2022

Two officers in post; one full-time, one part-time

Roles developing as the planting season progresses

Identify options for planting new woodlands

Arboriculture Manager

Sites identified

December 2022

And ongoing

New sites dependent on approvals from Downland Advisory Panel, Asset Management Board and Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee

Plant new woodlands

Arboriculture Manager

New woodlands planted

December 2023

And ongoing

Dependent on funding

Increase street tree planting

Arboriculture Manager

Increase in new trees planted across the city

Ongoing

 

Increase tree planting on HRA land

Head of Tenancy Services

Increase in new trees planted across the city

 

 

Continue to plant trees in the cityís parks

Head of Operations, City Parks

Increase in new trees planted across the city

 

Dependent on further donations and external funding bids

Identify more diverse and sustainable species for tree planting

Arboriculture Manager

More diverse trees planted across the city

Ongoing

There is a need to break the chain between on-street elms with other tree genus to stop transmission of elm disease

This will be managed on a site-by-site basis e.g. planting alternative salt resistant species to elm species closer to the sea front, looking for appropriate sites for tolerant coniferous options such as Kingsway to the Sea

Establish review process to understand the impact of more diverse and sustainable tree planting

Arboriculture Manager

Successes identified and replicated

Ongoing

Dependent on planting and time to understand impact / success

Identify and apply for grant funding

Tree Planting Officer

Existing levels of grant funding maintained

Ongoing

 

Consider options for tree planting using the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

Tree Planting Officer

CIL funding obtained

Ongoing

 

Continue to work with and formalise tree planting partnerships

Tree Planting Officer

Increase in new trees planted across the city through partnerships and community groups

Ongoing

 

Work with The Woodland Trust to improve policies in relation to trees, including enforcement

Arboriculture Manager

New policies agreed

December 2023

City Parks will be meeting with The Woodland Trust to discuss how they have supported other Local Authorities on the issue of planning and preservation of green infrastructure

City Parks have also expressed their interest to The Woodland Trust in seeking assistance to improve the councilís policy documentation with respect to trees

Review process for obtaining tree planting approval and communicate to the city

Tree Planting Officer

Process followed

Reduced unauthorised tree planting

December 2022

And ongoing

 

Increase size of mowing and strimming areas around all trees

Head of Operations, City Parks

Fewer trees damaged

Ongoing

 

Explore options for protecting trees during street works

Arboriculture Manager

Fewer trees damaged

Ongoing

Some staff in City Transport are being trained in arboriculture matters

 



[1] A 10 year maintenance programme is required for replanted trees, funding is required to enable this. Following this, after a further 10 years it can be maintained as woodland