Welwyn Hatfield awarded Tree City of the World status for 5th year running!

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Welwyn Hatfield has been awarded Tree City of the World recognition for 2023 for the fifth consecutive year!

The global scheme celebrates and promotes places that create green space in urban areas and Welwyn Hatfield has yet again joined 170 cities recognised across 21 countries.

Welwyn Hatfield has a rich and diverse tree heritage, with more than 30,000 individual trees, along with various woodland areas, open spaces, allotment sites, micro-orchards and several sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). The Council’s skilled and experienced Tree Officers oversee the planting, maintenance and protection of these different landscapes within the borough and are passionate about maintaining and improving them for the present and future generations.

The Officers also work closely with local communities, schools and volunteers to raise awareness and appreciation of the value of trees, and to encourage their involvement in tree-related activities and projects.

Cllr Sandreni Bonfante, Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

I am delighted that Welwyn Hatfield has once again been recognised as one of the tree cities of the world. Action on climate change is one of the Council’s five key priorities and the sustainable management of our trees is crucial to helping us realise our ambition for the whole of the Welwyn Hatfield to be net zero by 2050. I would like to congratulate the Tree Officers on winning this award for the fifth consecutive year and thank them for their hard work in maintaining and caring for our trees and green spaces.

Published: 8th March 2024