History and mission
Trees for Cities started life in 1993 as Trees for London when a group of young Londoners recognised the need for more trees in the capital. The founding vision, inspired by Jake Kempston who is still one of the charity's trustees today, was to establish a charity that would be highly practical and would work with local communities to get more trees planted and green those areas most in need of greening.
With Charity Commission approval, Trees for London was established with the following mission: "to advance the education of the public in the appreciation of trees and their amenity value, and in furtherance of this the planting and protection of trees everywhere, and in particular inner city areas". Initially money was raised through fundraising club nights as young Londoners danced through the night to raise funds for tree planting. The founding mission and ethos of the charity is as true today as it was in 1993.
In 2003, on our tenth anniversary, we changed our name to Trees for Cities, largely in response to requests for support and advice from cities around the world.
In addition to tree planting, the charity is now involved in a wide range of activities that include educational work with schools and community groups, vocational training in arboriculture and horticulture, re-landscaping the public realm, campaigning, and yes, we're still partying! Four of the charity's current trustees (Julian Blake, Jane Bruton, Jake Kempston and Belinda Winder), have been involved since the earliest days.