New guidance from the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) aims to facilitate better understanding among planners, developers, and designers of the range of returns trees offer new developments, and how to secure them

Tree planting at Chelsea Barracks, Westminster, London. Image: Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Trees, Planning and Development: ​A Guide for Delivery is now available on the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) website.

Section One: Creating financial, environmental and social value into the future is the first installation of what TDAG intend to be a live, freely available toolkit for planners, developers, designers, and other stakeholders involved in infrastructure delivery across the UK. The guidance aims to facilitate a better understanding of the range of returns trees offer new developments, and how to secure these returns.

For more information and guidance from the Action Group, see


  1. It is sad…. I would like to say “somewhat sad” but have to say “VERY SAD” that we need to justify the inclusion of trees in new developments.

    Humans shouild know–instinctively–that we need trees as companions to give shade, greening, colour, fresh air, beauty–in the urban environment.

    So very , VERY sad that we have to put values on such things. But, as –in spite of the lessons of lockdown about the importance to su all of getting out into parks, woods, countryside and tree places– we as society need to have “justification” for greening—- yet I do support the attempt to put values on the greening, deeply boring asd that is. If it makes developments greener, I support it 100%


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