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December 2011

posted Jan 24, 2012, 4:02 AM by juliet johns   [ updated Feb 14, 2012, 1:50 AM ]
Report compiled by Clive Stevens
This report may also be found in the RCAS December 2011 Newsletter - Number 154.

The Conservation Area Appraisal has finally been adopted so this is a reminder that anyone owning property in the conservation areas and wishing to do tree works must notify the council first and wait 6 weeks from their reply before commencing the works (this has been the case for 20 years). This allows neighbours to comment. Why should we have a say about your land? Because in a Conservation Area the value of the general visual amenity is recognised and so factors that might affect it are open to public comment.

Unfortunately, I have recently had to report an address for breaking this law. Whether the Council bothers with enforcement is another matter but the owner has opened themselves up to the risk of being charged with a criminal offence.

On a more positive note a new planting scheme for street trees has been prepared and is now out for services searches. Once we know which ones are possible we will issue the list for your comments. And the Whiteladies Rd trees in the middle of the road are Planes which will grow big and tall, they will be clear stemmed so no branches can hit buses. These were funded by a Government grant to improve the environment (pollution, shade) around the new bus schemes (GBBN). About 800 will eventually be planted around Bristol.

'The Importance of Trees in Cities for Public Health' - Talk

The Bristol Tree Forum have a talk by Marcus Grant who works with the WHO entitled:
” The importance of trees in cities for public health”.

The Pavillion , next to the Lloyds TSB building, on the Harbourside

6.10pm on Tuesday 7 Feb

A summary

Please click here for a summary of this talk