Trees Being Lost – Black Country
6,359 trees axed by councils across the Black Country
Dudley Council felled 3,227, Sandwell 2,070, Walsall 901 and Wolverhampton 161 (Article dated 2018 – extensive felling has taken place over 3 years)
They include dozens of trees chopped down along Stafford Road as part of a ‘city gateway’ scheme.“It’s shocking to hear that we’ve lost over 6,000 trees across the Black Country in the last few years.
“Nobody objects to removing dangerous or diseased trees, but that will be a tiny proportion of this number.
“Trees play a vital role in our towns absorbing nasty chemicals that pollute our air, by trapping them in their leaves and bark.
“When we have 3,000 people a year dying early in the West Midlands because of our dirty air, it’s madness to remove so many trees that clean our air.
“Not only that, but trees provide an important habitat for urban animals like bats, birds, bugs and small mammals.”
By Alex Ross
Investigations Editor – @alexross_star