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    Mayor of London’s Street Tree scheme successful in Ealing

    Ealing has planted the largest number of trees in London as part of the Mayor of London’s Street Tree scheme.

    The borough’s parks team will finish planting 1,500 new trees this month, to help make it greener and more attractive.

    The Street Tree scheme, run in partnership with the Mayor of London, Forestry Commission and Groundwork London, specifically selected species to help combat the number of trees lost to infection and decay.

    Ealing received £110,000 in funding from the Mayor of London’s office.

    Keith Townsend, executive director of environment and customer services, said: “We have long held the reputation of being the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ with 147 parks and open spaces in the borough.

    “Trees play a big part in that. They are a major part of the borough’s heritage and character, but also have an impact on people’s health and the environment, as well as encouraging wildlife.”

    The council is responsible for managing around 27,000 trees on residential roads plus another 60,000 trees in its parks and open spaces.

    On average, 300 street trees are removed every year due to poor health and weather damage, which the council actively replaces.

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