BETTER protection for trees is being offered by a new Leeds City Council online mapping service.

The service shows all of the tree preservation orders in place across the city. There are currently around 2100 tree preservation orders in Leeds dating back to 1945, providing legal protection to trees ranging from singles to large areas of woodland. The service also identifies the 79 conservation areas across the city.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment and active lifestyles Councillor Mohammed Rafique said: “We are very pleased to have launched this new online mapping service, which gives immediate location information on all trees with protection orders in place across Leeds. This will help anyone who is unsure to be able to check the position easily and quickly, and will help all gardeners and professionals who work around trees every day with the result being better protection for our environment.

“Leeds values its trees which contribute greatly to the amenity of the city as a whole.”

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