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Protecting Exeter's Treescape

Protecting Exeter's Treescape

Tree and Woodland Strategy for Exeter

In our role as a landowner, we are one of the largest tree owners in Exeter. Through our planning controls, the public sees us as the guardian of the city treescape. As such, the council is the key organisation in developing a framework to protect and sustain the city’s trees.

Woodlands and green corridors are vitally important in delivering our aims of:

  • Tackling congestion and accessibility
  • Promoting active and healthy lifestyles
  • Building great neighbourhoods


The influence of the city’s trees extends beyond the city boundaries, and the trees and woodlands around the city in turn are beneficial to Exeter. This strategy is not designed to control tree management in this wider area, but it provides guidance on how actions of tree owners can influence our landscape.

To develop and deliver a meaningful long-term plan, we all need to be involved.

We already have more tree cover than most other cities. We now want to build on that to help ensure the future health and well-being of our communities.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 14 December 2020