Herefordshire Tree Forum     

The Herefordshire Tree Forum is made up of organisations and individuals from the private, state and third sectors, working in partnership towards the common aim of increasing and protecting the tree cover and green infrastructure within and around the city, towns and villages of Herefordshire.



Purpose


To champion our natural environment and open spaces (green infrastructure) in and around the city, towns and villages of Herefordshire by:

a) co-ordinating people, places and funds for the planning, design, planting and care of our trees and green infrastructure

b) promoting guidance on (for example) "the right tree in the right place" and other environmental improvements, backed up by information and advice

c) promoting education, training opportunities, public awareness, health benefits and media coverage associated with trees and green infrastructure.


To provide strategic support and direction for the development and implementation of the Herefordshire Green Infrastructure Strategy and associated projects.


To link with key strategic bodies, partner organisations and stakeholders, including landowners, developers, and planning and design professionals to promote trees and green infrastructure in Herefordshire.


To promote county-wide green-infrastructure activity, both within the local authority, and externally with local, regional and national partners.


Frequency


The Forum will meet three times a year with additional meetings convened if necessary.

Co-Chairs


Cllr Felicity Norman; Mike Townsend senior consultant Woodland Trust

Steering Group


A Steering group consisting of volunteer members representing their individual organisations on the Forum manages the administrative side of Forum business, and liaises between partners and outside agencies where joint Forum interests are concerned. This includes developing action plans, strategies, issuing of advice and information for wider public and interested agencies, and general promotion of Forum objectives.

Founder Members include:


Herefordshire Council Councillors, Herefordshire Council, Hereford City Council, The Woodland Trust, The Bulmer Foundation, Herefordshire New Leaf, Amey, Hereford Civic Society, Heart of England in Bloom, Hereford in Bloom, Leominster in Bloom, David Lovelace, Independent Landscape Consultant, and Jesse Norman MP.

Member organisations may delegate an appropriate person to attend meetings. All members and guests welcome to wider Forum meetings.


Organisations, professionals, business representatives, councillors, officers and individuals interested in promoting the benefit and value of trees and other environmental enhancements in the urban environment are welcome to become partners in the Herefordshire Tree Forum, subject to the agreement of the Forum. The list of current members will be published and regularly updated on our website www.herefordshiretrees.net or h-trees.net March 2013.