16. Tree Strategy and Policy Guidance

Trees and woodlands are an essential part of the borough’s character and identity. They help to breathe life into the area, providing a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

They tell us of the seasons and bring us into contact with nature. They remind us that where we now have towns and villages a vast and ancient forest once existed. They provide shade on hot days, help to relieve us from stress, help mitigate flooding and help clean our polluted air.

Trees and woodlands are good for residents, good for visitors to the borough and good for business in the borough.

The Tree Strategy

The council is firmly committed to maintaining and enhancing the borough’s trees and woodland as a vital part of the environment of the borough.

Given there is a need to firmly establish policies and to set appropriate levels of resource to plan, develop, and manage robust tree populations, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has produced this tree and woodland strategy for the period 2010-2020 following on from a public consultation.