After the criminal felling of over 50 trees in the Weybridge area in the spring, I launched an online survey to enable local residents to have their say in protecting our natural environment.
The survey, which closed on 19th July, had a fantastic response, with many residents outlining their views and suggestions as to how the trees should be replaced and how the replanting can be supported by local groups.
Protecting our natural environment was considered of great importance to 95% of respondents, with overwhelming support also expressed for the replacement of the trees cut down by vandalism earlier this year. The survey also captured lots of suggestions and enthusiasm for community engagement and support in replanting and looking after the new trees.
Following a recent meeting with Elmbridge Borough Council leader Cllr Chris Sadler to discuss the council’s plans for replanting, I have now shared the full responses with Elmbridge and Surrey County Councils. There is clearly huge local knowledge and enthusiasm for trees and green initiatives locally and I look forward to hearing how this is being harnessed and how residents' view are helping to shape plans to repair the damage caused and also improve our local green spaces.