Londoners are being offered 49, 000 free trees as part of a mass planting of 75, 000 trees which will take place on 1st and 2nd of December 2018. The event, timed to mark National Tree Week will contribute to the Mayor of London’s aspiration to make London a National Park City.
24, 000 trees are available for London residents to plant in their gardens whilst local schools and community groups have 25, 000 trees offered to them. Sadiq Khan has partnered with the providers of the trees, the Woodland Trust who work with the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, an international forest conservation initiative. The shared ambition to protect the Earth’s forests unites the 53 member states of the Commonwealth whilst honouring the Queen’s lifelong service.
Each year, trees across London remove 2,241 tonnes of pollution from the air, saving society an estimated cost of £126 million in costs associated with air pollution. They also provide a habitat for wildlife across the city.
To ensure residents do not miss out, they are urged to apply for a tree pack before the 5th November, containing two trees to plant at home. Applications from community groups and schools will be received until 22nd November.
Different ways for Londoners to get involved:
- Apply for tree packs for your garden at: www.london.gov.uk/plant-a-tree. Successful applicants will have trees delivered to their homes by end of November.
- Organise tree planting events in local communities, apply for a free pack of 50 trees for local public spaces. Apply by going to: www.london.gov.uk/community-trees
- Volunteer at National Park City tree planting events on 1st and 2nd December 2018. Trees for Cities will be hosting events in North, South, East and West London. Register here: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/plant-tree/volunteer