Croydon Council is set to spend £900,000 on planting 3,500 new trees throughout the borough in the next five years.
An average of 700 trees per year between 2018 and 2023 at an annual cost of £180,000 in a bid to improve air quality in the borough.
Areas will poor air quality will have trees planted first, making the town centre and surrounding areas, including the more northern wards, like to be prioritised. Local councillors and residents have requested other locations such as road junctions, which have higher pollution levels to be prioritised also.
Varieties of trees will include cherry, plane, and maple.
The council has also recently appointed a new tree planting officer, whose job will involve co-ordinating where to put the 3,500 new trees and making sure they are healthy, to help with the project.
The move to plant the trees has made in a bid to improve the quality of air in the borough, making it “more attractive and less polluted”, according to Councillor Stuart King, the council’s cabinet member for transport and environment.