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Twice as many trees axed as planted spark deforestation fears in Camden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 July 2012

More trees have been felled than planted in Camden in the last two years. Picture: John Hercock

More trees have been felled than planted in Camden in the last two years. Picture: John Hercock

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Fears have been raised over the impact of 'deforestation' in Camden after it emerged that hundreds more trees have been felled than planted.

Figures reveal nearly 1,000 trees have been cut down since 2010 – 400 more than have been planted over the same period.

Camden Council’s only Green Party councillor Maya de Souza, who represents Highgate, said: “Residents value their street trees highly for shade and privacy, and they are also important for sustaining local bird life.

She urged the town hall to look into the gaping discrepancy.

A council spokesman said: “We no longer have dedicated funding for new tree planting however we seek to increase tree cover on new building or urban realm developments where appropriate.

“In addition Camden have a supply of new trees and can supply a new tree, where appropriate. We are looking at external funding to pay for the cost of planting the tree and will also seek local and external donations where possible.”

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