The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced that 55,000 free trees are available for Londoners. This is for individuals to plant in their gardens and shared green spaces, and for larger community led ‘plant-athons’.
The 55,000 free trees are part of a total of 95,000 new trees the Mayor is helping Londoners plant this autumn and winter, including during National Tree Week (23 November – 1 December 2019).
The Mayor is working with the Woodland Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, to provide 30,000 free trees for Londoners to plant in their gardens. A further 25,000 trees are being offered in partnership with TCV, the community volunteering charity to community groups and schools which wish to organise planting events.
Londoners can either apply for:
– 30,000 free trees from the Woodland Trust to plant in their private gardens or residential shared communal gardens. The trees are divided into packs of two, with each pack containing a wild cherry and a rowan tree, and a planting guide. Londoners are invited to apply to a ballot by 11 November at www.london.gov.uk/plant-a-tree
– Community groups and schools who wish to organise community planting events can apply for 25,000 free trees from TCV for. Packs of 10, 20, or 50 trees are available, with a choice of species. Trees can be ordered now from www.london.gov.uk/trees. Online advice on tree planting, plus opportunities for Londoners to volunteer at the community planting events will be available from mid-October
-The Mayor is also funding 40,000 trees for 33 local community tree planting projects through the Greener City Fund. Many of these projects will be hosting planting events during National Tree Week, including major events hosted by Trees for Cities in Newham and Redbridge, and TCV in Camden.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“London has some of the best green spaces and our commitment to preserving and increasing our tree canopy is one of the main reasons we are the world’s first National Park City. I want to encourage as many Londoners as possible to apply for our free tree packs, either for their own gardens or for organising community tree planting events, from schools to hospitals. Simple steps like planting trees help us as we address the climate and ecological crisis – and I look forward to thousands of new trees being planted across the city during National Tree Week.”