During his election campaign, the Mayor promised to fund 10,000 street trees in areas where they will most help to improve people's quality of life. The first 1500 street trees are already being planted in 20 priority locations and the Mayor has today expanded the programme to cover 40 areas across 32 London boroughs, including many in West London.
If you want to pinpoint a location for one of these trees, you can do so at www.london.gov.uk/streettrees, as long as you can pick a location in one of the selected priority areas, which are: Yiewsley, Wealdstone, Neasden, Brentford, Northolt South and most of central Hammersmith. Leafy Chiswick High Road (pictured) misses out.
The Mayor, Boris Johnson said: 'Street trees are an uplifting addition to our communities and I am determined to reverse their decline. There are now 40 locations across London which are set to benefit from brand new street trees. I am urging people in these priority areas to ask for a tree online, so we can help to plant trees where people most want them.'
The Mayor says that London is a very green city compared to other world cities, but the has committed to make London greener, saying it benefits both Londoners' quality of life as well as helping tackle issues such as climate change.
Funding is available for organisations interested in planting trees, detailed guidance on how to bid – which is a separate process to registering a location for a tree – is available from www.ltwgs.org.