The Mayor of London has announced that 2,000 new street trees are to be planted across 19 boroughs this spring.
A number of boroughs – including Brent (200 trees), Ealing (210), Hammersmith & Fulham (115), Harrow (80), Hillingdon (50), Hounslow (15) – have been offered funding in the first round of planting to help deliver the Mayor’s promise to provide 10,000 new trees in residential areas by March 2015.
The Mayor is seeking to increase tree cover in London by five per cent by 2025 to help make London a more attractive city to live, work and invest in. Trees are thought to provide a range of benefits including helping to improve local air quality, reduce flood risk, and provide shade.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Street trees deliver a whole host of benefits for Londoners helping to improve the look and feel of neighbourhoods as well as making the capital a more attractive place to live and invest in. My first 10,000 street trees are a flourishing success and I am delighted to announce this latest crop of areas to receive funds for more trees by spring-time.”
Under the Mayor’s street tree scheme, which is delivered in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Groundwork London, local boroughs, community groups and charities can apply for funding from a pot of £1.7m to plant street trees.
The next round of the Mayor’s street tree initiative will open for applications in spring 2013.