Ipswich is one of just nineteen towns and cities in the United Kingdom that have received special recognition as part of Tree Cities of the World (TCotW) for their commitment to effective urban forestry management.
The Tree Cities of the World programme aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well. Its shared vision is to connect cities around the world in a new network dedicated to adopting the most successful approaches to managing urban trees and forests. Planting more trees is the quickest and easiest way to improve a city's tree canopy and cover and invest in a brighter future. The programme provides a network of like-minded city leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices to cultivate greenery in the community.
Cllr Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, says:
“Ipswich benefits from many green areas and great parks that have lots of trees. It’s no surprise to me that we have become of the few towns and cities in Britain that have been awarded the status of inclusion in Tree Cities of the World.
“We have been planting trees as well as expanding the events programme in parks and installing better Changing Places toilets that, in particular, help people with disabilities visit. All this means that our trees in our parks, never mind those planted on roads and in open areas, are enjoyed by more people and make Ipswich a great tree city.”
Photo L -R: Cllr Phil Smart Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, Sarah Kilshaw (Ipswich Borough Council Wildlife Ranger), Cllr Richard Pope (tree champion), Cllr Carole Jones (tree champion) in Christchurch Park.