Leeds City Council has partnered with Trees for Streets, a national sponsorship scheme, to make it easier for residents and organisations to sponsor new tree plantings on local streets.
Residents and businesses are now able to sponsor a street tree on a grass verge outside their residence, or organise a crowdfund campaign to plant several.
The charity engages with the local community, whilst the council manages the planting of the sponsored trees, residents are then responsible for watering their sponsored trees during the summer months.
Councillor Mohammed Rafique, executive member for climate, energy, environment and green space, says: “Nobody knows our streets better than the residents who live in them, so I am pleased to launch this exciting initiative with the charity Trees for Streets to empower neighbours and individuals to be able to green their own communities if it is right for them.”
This expansion supports Leeds’ plan to plant 50ha of woodland (approximately 200,000 trees) every year on public land, almost doubling the number of trees in the district.
In 2022 Leeds was recognised as a Tree City of the World for the second consecutive year.