A ‘tree Tsar’ was appointed yesterday to stop local councils needlessly chopping down excessive numbers.
Sir William Worsley was given the role created by Environment Secretary Michael Gove who also wants him to drive forward official plans to plant 12million trees by 2020.
The total includes one million new trees in towns and cities. During his year-long term, Sir William will liaise with mayors, city leaders and other key players across local government to ‘prevent the unnecessary felling of street trees’.
He will also support ‘the introduction of a new duty for councils to properly consult with communities before they cut down trees’, said officials. The move follows protests in Sheffield against the Labour-run council’s deal with a private firm which has led to the felling of 5,500 trees since 2012.