City Trees

November/December 2023

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Birmingham, UK Urban Forest Mas Sets High Standard for European C By Michelle Sutton, City Trees Editor I n 2021, the largest and second most populous munic- ipality in the United Kingdom, the City of Birmingham, England, released a thirty-year Urban Forest Master Plan. It is the first UFMP for the City, and one that could serve as a model for other European cities. Noted for its commitment to green space for public health and enjoyment, Birmingham (pop. ~ 1.4 million) has an estimated one million trees in its urban forest. It has the longest running continuous street tree planting program and more parks than any other major city in Europe. Birmingham is a member of the global Biophilic Cities Network and since 2019 is a Tree City of the World. Birmingham's thirty-year UFMP (2021-2051) reflects the City's commitment to staying at the forefront of green development and sustainability as already shown by its Future City Plan-2021, Climate Action Plan, Green Living Spaces Plan, Parks and Open Space Strategy, and Birmingham Tree Policy. Three of the key players behind the UFMP are Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) grads: Former tree officer and principal consultant of McDermott & Associates Treecare and Training Ian "Mac" McDermott of Birmingham TreePeople; professor and cofounder of the Nature Based Solutions Institute, Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk; and Chartered (Urban) Forester Kenton Rogers, cofounder of Treeconomics, an urban for- estry consultancy group based in the UK. McDermott served as the link between parties in that he instigated the contract with the City of Birmingham on behalf of Birmingham TreePeople, a third-sector/ nonprofit organization with which McDermott has volunteered for many years. Konijnendijk's role was to help with the international aspects of the policy analysis, to contribute to vision and key performance indicator (KPI) development, and to facilitate the work- shops the team held with key stakeholders. Rogers's role was to put the project plan together with McDermott 24 CityTREES

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