Volunteer with Trees for Cities

Our planting season runs from October to March, with lots of opportunities for volunteers to help Trees for Cities at several projects across London. You will always be supported by Trees for Cities staff when volunteering at any of our projects.

 Volunteering with us is a fantastic way to:
  • learn more about trees
  • get practical hands on experience
  • improve your health and wellbeing
  • meet new people
  • have fun

Current volunteering opportunities for individuals and community groups: 

Young, tree and single - Tree care and pruning

Meet some fitties with Trees for Cities at the wildlife garden and orchard in Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill!

Are you aged 18-25 and looking to meet like minded individuals who care about the environment? If so, join our speed-dating volunteer event and you might meet someone who wants to spend their days in the great outdoors with you.

You will be digging mulch pits and carrying out winter pruning, helping the trees get ready for summer. You will work in pairs at each tree, but every few minutes you’ll meet someone new as we swap everyone around. We’ll finish up with lunch in our fruit ‘n’ veg garden; pick up a sandwich and go exploring in the poly-tunnel or bee keeping area with that new special someone.

At the end you will write down any volunteers who sent sparks flying and if you match, we’ll swap contact details for you. Register for your space below.

When: Saturday 14 February, 10:30am to 1:30pm

Directions: Inside Ruskin Park, Denmark Hill, SE5 8EL. From the park entrance at Denmark Hill Station, walk straight ahead, past the green railings and the Trees for Cities Office. The orchard and wildlife area are on your right-hand side.

Contact: Jonathan - 07827 856 823, jonathan@treesforcities.org OR Jesse - 07825 541 129, jesse@treesforcities.org

Other: Wear warm, waterproof clothes that you don't mind getting muddy, inlcuding a pair of sturdy boots (trainers are not sufficient). Gloves and other equipment will be provided. There are public toilets at Trees for Cities office (next to the orchard).

Loxford Park Edible Tree Trail

When:  Monday 2 February, 11am - 3pm 

Where: Loxford Park, Ilford, map here. The nearest station is Barking on National Rail, Underground and Overground.

Tasks: Planting standard trees: digging tree pits, staking, tying and guarding trees, creating and filling mulch wells around the trees.

Supervisor: Jonathan - 07827 856 823, jonathan@treesforcities.org

Other: Wear warm, waterproof clothes that you don't mind getting muddy, inlcuding a pair of sturdy boots (trainers are not sufficient). Gloves and other equipment will be provided. Bring a packed lunch and drink. There are public toilets inside the park.

Dates attending *
 Monday 2 February, 11am-3pm (Loxford Park)
 Saturday 14 February, 10:30am -1:30pm (Ruskin Park - Young, tree & single)
First Name: *
Surname: *
Email address: *
Contact no.: *
Notes or comments:
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Tag a tree in London

TiCL have pledged £1 to Trees for Cities for every tree location that gets uploaded onto their app. All you need to do is download the app from the app store and get uploading. There are two ways to upload: upload any interesting trees near you, or email Jonathan@treesforcities.org to get details of Trees for Cities projects and upload them under our headline. TiCL is an exciting new FREE app to find out about, share and discuss what is going on right where you are now, straight from your mobile phone.

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Please sign up to our volunteer mailing for London list to keep up to date with forthcoming events. Please note, all volunteers must be aged 18 or over.

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Interested in corporate volunteering?

For information on corporate volunteering click here or contact katieg@treesforcities.org    

Volunteering outside London?

If you are interested in volunteering outside of London please email kathy@treesforcities.org 


Planting Season: October 2013 - March 2014

Last year's trees are beginning to spread their roots and grow. 500 volunteers donated their time to help us plant 17,500 trees as part of mass tree planting projects in Redbridge and Ealing. These projects will create urban woodlands for the local communities to enjoy, as well as increasing flood water storage, improving air quality and providing habitat for wildlife.

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Gabby Logan (TV Presenter)

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