It is seconded by Roger Giles and supported by Susie Bond, Trevor Cope and Ben Ingham.

“This council recognises the great value of trees to the East Devon landscape, particularly ancient woodland, and also the importance of trees to wildlife.  This council is concerned at the loss of trees as a result of development proposals, and is particularly concerned at the removal of trees by developers ahead of receiving planning approval.

This council:

1. calls on the Government to provide greater protection for trees and ancient woodland
2. calls on the government to allow greater penalties for developers who remove trees without permission
3. asks the portfolio holder for environment to pursue options for woodland creation and tree planting in East Devon