Last Updated on 2 August 2022
The last point is what is a tree? Their schedule includes very few trees with a stem diameter less than 10cm, a girth of around 30cm, which means that they have simply not documented the huge number of young saplings. So, the head counts omit trees that are younger than around 20 years, the most numerous age range. It’s anyone’s guess just how many, but my guess would be around 500. Most of these are in areas where the soils are to be stripped, so most of the uncounted trees are to go. Their headline figures have around 300 trees felled and 750 retained, but the 300 is a gross underestimate because of the missed youngsters. I would guess that there are actually more like 800 trees that will be sacrificed.