Liberal Democrat councillors have successfully persuaded the ruling Conservatives at Herts County Council to give a commitment to replacing thousands of trees that have been removed from highways.
In a report the Council's Highways and Transport Panel revealed that 4,494 trees had been removed from highways in the period 2018- 2021 but only 1,040 had been planted meaning a deficit of 3,455.
Following pressure from the Liberal Democrats the Conservatives agreed to replace as many of the lost trees as possible where the location is suitable.
Councillor John Hale, who pressed for the need to replace highway trees said: "A large number of trees have been removed and very few have been replaced. I am pleased that the council has now agreed that more should be done to replace trees along our roads. Trees serve an important environmental purpose and should be replaced whenever possible."
Group leader, councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, said, "Urban street trees improve the street scene and contribute significantly towards reducing Co2 emissions in key pedestrian areas."
The full motion, proposed by John Hale and seconded by S K Jarvis, was: “The council welcomes the Queen's Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee and notes that the County Council will play a valuable role in championing this initiative.
"As part of the County Council's contribution to this initiative, the County Council agrees to identify all roadside locations where a tree has been removed in the last 10 years and not replaced. The County Council undertakes over the next three years to replace those trees either in the same location or in another roadside location.”