Edinburgh’s trees are estimated to be worth £348m to the city’s economy, and are a major element of some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, parks and streets, as well as gardens and streets.
100,000 of Edinburgh’s trees are deemed to be in a critical condition or dying – Dutch Elm disease alone kills 1,000 trees every year in the city. Other threats on the horizon include chalara ash disease and sudden oak death, whose impact is yet to be known.
Many of Edinburgh’s parks and gardens have trees planted in Victorian times, meaning they are now reaching the end of their natural lives, all at the same time, with the potential for dramatic changes to our landscape over a short period.
It has been calculated that Edinburgh needs to be planting 6,500 trees every year over the coming years to compensate for those we lose and Tree Time Edinburgh aims to work with partners and raise funds to begin planting now.
IT’S TIME FOR TREES
In the 1990s, there were 11,000 street trees in the city – today there are only 8,550, a 33% decline. Tree Time Edinburgh will work to plant large, prominent trees in streets and parks, to plant replacement landmark trees before the old ones die as well as trees in other public places and urban woodlands, new and existing.