Hackney Council is joining forces with charity Trees for Cities to plant a new edible woodland in Hackney Marshes.
The woodland will see a mix of around 6,500 fruit and nut trees, broadleaf specimens, and shrubs planted. The trees and shrubs are being funded by Honest Drinks through the charity Trees for Cities.
Local people are being invited to come along and help plant the woodland with local voluntary group Tree Musketeers.
The Council, Trees for Cities, and Tree Musketeers are then set to continue working together in the new year and beyond, by planting over 20,000 additional trees on the Marshes and other green spaces.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm said:
“Since declaring a Climate Emergency, the Council has been doing everything it can do to reach our ambitious commitment to net zero emissions by 2040. Our plans to deliver around 30,000 trees in our parks and green spaces, and 5,000 new street trees, represent one of the most ambitious programmes in the country and the single largest investment in trees in the history of our borough. Not only will this help us tackle global warming by locking-in thousands of tonnes of carbon, but it will also contribute to cooling, and support insect and animal life. If every local authority in the UK was matching Hackney’s level of ambition for tree planting and green infrastructure, we would plant close to 15 million trees by 2022, and as Hackney is one of the smallest council areas in England, there’s scope to go even further. Tree planting is by no means the complete answer to the climate emergency, and that’s why Hackney is decarbonising everything from the waste system to emissions from motor vehicles, but nature-based solutions to global warming can make a huge difference. We have the trees, we have the land, now we just need the leadership”.
The new edible forest in Hackney Marshes is set to be planted in East Marsh, and will not impact on any of the spaces used for sport and recreation.