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Tree strategy consultation launched in Belfast

Alliance councillor Mickey Murray pictured at the launch of Belfast's Tree Strategy.
Staff reporter

A NEW public consultation on the management of trees in Belfast has been launched.

Belfast City Council's Tree Strategy is requesting submissions over trees in order to provide "a resilient and diverse urban forest for future generations".

The launch follows controversy over trees removed last year in south Belfast as part of a flood alleviation scheme by the Department for Infrastructure.

Alliance councillor Mickey Murray, who chairs the council's People and Communities Committee, said Belfast "has such a diverse offering of open spaces right across the city, filled with many different species of tree".

He added: "The Belfast Tree Strategy is an encouraging step in the right direction to provide a structured management process for the maintenance of our tree population in the city. I would encourage everyone to review the draft strategy and engage with our consultation to help shape how we move this strategy forward for the benefit of everyone."

Responses can be made online at belfastcity.gov.uk/treestrategy.

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