Trees bring real benefits to our cities, health and wellbeing.
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.
With 80% of the population living in towns or cities, many people now breathe dirty air, are at risk of flooding and are struggling with rising temperatures worsened by the urban heat island effect. Without urban trees, our physical and mental health are all affected, and our connection with nature becomes lost. This trend needs to reverse now!
By planting thousands of urban trees each year in the UK and around the world, Trees for Cities is building resilience within urban communities against threats facing the natural environment. We plant a range of tree species that enhance structural and functional diversity in woodlands and city streets, creating greener, happier and healthier places to live.
Each year London’s trees remove 2.4 million tonnes of air pollution, including carbon dioxide, dust and other gaseous toxins.
CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
Legacy tree planting
Seven Kings Park, London
50 bright and beautiful new big trees have brought new habitats for wildlife in Seven Kings Park and restored the traditional tree lined avenues to their former glory.
One Hull of a Forest
Alderman Cogan School, Hull
Find out how we planted 3,750 trees in Hull for the PATT foundation's campaign 'One Hull of a Forest'.
New Beckton Park, London
The new community orchard at New Beckton Park provides a local resource for wildlife, education and most importantly – an annual harvest of fruits and nuts!
Airedale Food Forest
Airedale General Hospital, Keighley
We planted 2,650 trees for the 50th anniversary of the opening of Airedale Hospital in Keighley.
Forest Road recreation Ground, London
We’ve created a vast new woodland in northeast London where the Great Forest of Essex once grew.
Northolt, Ealing, London
A new urban woodland in a historical racecourse-turned-housing estate.
Montagu recreation ground, London
A beautiful new hedgerow at Montagu Recreation Ground is making the air cleaner for the local community to enjoy the park.
Horticultural Therapy Garden
Maudsley Hospital, South London
Find out how we transformed the outdoor spaces at the Maudsley Hospital into a beautiful new public garden, designed to improve community wellbeing.
We'd like to hear from you!
Are you a local authority, CIC, charity or responsible for managing land in urban and peri-urban areas, preferably outside London? Trees for Cities are looking to support organisations' small to medium size planting schemes. Get in touch!