Closing date: 29 September 2017
BackgroundTrees and woodlands in Cheshire West and Chester help to create a quality of place and life that attracts people to live, study, visit and work in the area. As part of our green infrastructure, trees provide the backdrop for our towns and city. Our trees and woodlands are an essential feature of the Cheshire landscape with the “story of the place” intimately linked to the historic forests of Modrum and Mora that once covered the area.
Trees and woodlands set the scene for economic development. They help underpin property prices, adding between 8 and 15% to house prices. The borough’s trees and woodlands are part of our ecological networks, a vital recreational resource, help reduce air pollution and are a valuable asset for improving health and wellbeing. They contribute to reduce flood risk and are a carbon sink, a sustainable fuel resource for local use.
Cheshire West and Chester Council owns over 500 hectares (ha) of woodland and approximately 28,000 trees. Using the Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit, the total economic value of the woodland and trees owned by the authority is over £7bn. - a significant asset for the borough.
We want to secure the long-term management of Cheshire West’s trees and woodlands to provide all of these benefits for our communities and future generations.
What we are consulting onThe Cheshire West and Chester Tree and Woodland Strategy is currently at the draft stage, and we would welcome your views on the strategy.
How to share your viewsThe consultation period closes on Friday 29 September 2017. When completing the survey, you will find it useful to refer to the full draft strategy document:
You can complete the survey online or by printing off the questionnaire and posting it back to us to the address below. If you would like a paper questionnaire sending to you, then please contact us.
Other ways to take part
- Email: Mail@merseyforest.org.uk
- Telephone: 01925 816217
- Write to: Research and Intelligence Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE
How your views will be used
Your views about the strategy will be considered by Cheshire West and Chester Councillors and council staff, and used to feed into the final Cheshire West and Chester Tree and Woodland Strategy.
A report on the results of the consultation will be made publicly available on the Council’s website in Autumn 2017. These results, together with other information, will be considered by the council.
You may find the links below useful as you read the draft strategy. Each link is referenced in the draft strategy in the appropriate section.
- Locations of Tree Preservation Orders and conservation areas
- Forestry and Planning Hub website
- Forestry and Woodlands Policy Statement published by DEFRA
- The UK Forestry Standard
- National Planning Policy Framework
- Planning Portal website
- Trees and Design Action Group website
- ‘More from Trees’ document
- Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit
- Cheshire Biodiversity Action Plan
- Cheshire West and Chester Landscape Character Assessment
- Natural Character Area Profiles for Cheshire West and Chester:
Other ways of accessing information
Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0300 123 8123
- Textphone: 18001 01606 275 757
We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or gender identity. Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.