I feel very lucky to live in Cambridge, a city with an abundance of green space and trees. Trees are important to me because of their positive impact on mental health and wellbeing; getting outside for a walk has been one of my favourite activities during lockdown. As a passionate environmentalist I associate with the Tree Charter’s aims to protect our trees, promoting access to green space and strengthening our landscapes. Not only do trees help to provide cleaner air and habitats for wildlife, but they are a symbol of resilience and hope. As emphasised in the Tree Charter, many trees are over one hundred years old and have endured through intense periods of change. As we go through new periods of change, both with the pandemic and climate change, trees must be at the heart of our plans, reminding us of the past, while looking to the future.
By Daniel Zeichner; Member of Parliament for Cambridge
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