Trees in Torbay 'worth about £280m' says survey

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A survey in Torbay has revealed its trees are worth about £280m.

The Treeconomics survey looked at what the trees were worth by measuring their size and working out the amount of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide they store a year, the amount of pollution they filter out and what it would cost to replace them.

The survey cost £30,000, of which £10,000 was paid using taxpayers' money.

Environmentalists hope that by valuing the trees it will also help to protect them.

Torbay Council said the results of the survey showed the importance of the trees in the borough, but it would not be a "barrier to development".

The survey found more than 800,000 trees in Torbay.

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