Welwyn Hatfield awarded 'Tree City of the World' for second year

Welwyn Hatfield has been awarded the rare and prestigious 'Tree City of the World' award for a second year.

Tree Cities

Around the world, just 120 cities in 63 countries have achieved recognition this year. Welwyn Hatfield, which manages a total tree stock of around 100,000 woodland trees and 16,900 street trees, is one of just 11 local authorities in the UK to secure the accreditation which recognises standards such as tree care and policies, tree stock and management.

As well as their amenity value, trees also play an important role in improving air quality by directly removing pollutants. Annually, Welwyn Hatfield's trees capture and store 2,400 tonnes of carbon and remove 31 tonnes of pollution from the ground.¹

It is estimated that it would cost over £27m to replace them².

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:

It's a great honour to have Welwyn Hatfield's tree management programme recognised with this global accreditation for the second year in a row and shows just how passionate the council and our residents are about our borough's environment. 

We are very fortunate to have such a vast array of individual trees and continue to do everything we can to protect our tree landscape and ensure it continues to flourish.

 

¹Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Climate Change Strategy.

² Treeconomics Report 2019