The effects of climate change are already being felt. We’re experiencing warmer, wetter winters, and hotter, drier summers, creating higher temperatures in our cities. Climate change has caused an increase in pests and disease, which had never previously affected the UK. The impact has been an unprecedented threat to some iconic tree species, including ash, horse chestnut and oak.
By planting thousands of urban trees worldwide each year, Trees for Cities is building resilience against threats facing the natural environment. Planting a range of tree species enhances structural and functional diversity in woodlands and on city streets, as well as building resistance to pests and disease.
Trees bring real benefits to our cities, health and wellbeing.
Each year London’s trees remove 2.4 million tonnes of air pollution, including carbon dioxide, dust and other gaseous toxins.
Call for urban tree planting projects!
DEFRA recently announced a new Urban Tree Challenge Fund, which aims to plant 130,000 urban trees across England over the next two seasons. Trees for Cities plans to submit a bid for a block grant.
Through this call, we are particularly keen to hear from landowners in urban areas with low canopy cover and high deprivation (top 40% IMD areas) who wish to plant orchards and standard trees.
If you're interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “TfC UTCF enquiry”.