Celebrating our 30th anniversary

15 November 2023 3 minute read

We are 30! 🎉 This November marks three decades of Trees for Cities and getting urban trees in the ground. From our beginnings in London in 1993, we've branched out across the UK and around the world, and seen an increasing urgency for urban trees for both people and planet, in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Join our celebrations: plant a tree or support us on our journey, gearing up to planting our 2 millionth tree in our 30th year!


It's been an incredible journey greening towns and cities, bringing communities together with the common goal to collectively cultivate lasting change, all the while improving lives in cities where the majority of us live. Many of you have grown with us and supported our cause, and for that we couldn’t be more thankful, however big or small your contribution. 🙏

Together we have planted 1,756,739 urban trees and engaged around 200,000 people. Since launching our school programmes in 2005, we have worked with approximately 300 schools and connected thousands of children with nature, transforming urban school grounds into leafy green oases. We are so excited for the plans and potential we have to grow even more.


As a community-driven organisation, it is integral to us that no one gets left behind in participating in our mission. We are always working to ensure that accessibility is becoming more integrated into every step of our programmes, from running inclusive planting events to delivering planting workshops for SEN schools and colleges. For this we thank our 20 year partnership with the Sensory Trust, a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. Elevating youth voice and engagement is key to our work, from our Youth Programme participants who learn about tree planting on the ground, to our Youth Panelists who are a necessary sounding board and starting point for many of our ideas.



We'll be sharing stories from our brilliant volunteers about what Trees for Cities means to them. If you would like to share your story, tag us @treesforcities and hashtag #30GrowingStrong, or email info@treesforcities.org.


We are ever thankful to the individuals, groups and organisations who have supported our cause to date. It is their help that enables us to cultivate lasting change in towns and cities.

Here are some of our patrons that you might recognise!

Trees for Cities’ Edible Playground initiative is really exciting. It gives kids the opportunity to get outdoors and get their hands dirty growing fruit and vegetables. I’m pleased to support this great project by providing ideas on what the kids can cook with the fruit and veg they have grown. Please support Trees for Cities so that they can continue to create Edible Playgrounds in our schools.

Jamie Oliver, Chef

Harvesting vegetables at an Edible Playground

Trees for Cities is a tree-mendous way for people to get involved in planting, learning about, learning to appreciate and learning to love urban trees.

Alistair McGowan, Impressionist

Trees for Cities has already done a lot to green our cities. I’m proud of what they have achieved already, but with your help, we could still do more.

Jon Snow, Television Presenter & Journalist

Volunteers planting trees in Lewisham back in 2018


As we look ahead to the next 30 years and beyond, we have ambitious plans to scale up our work to plant more urban trees to benefit more people in towns and cities. Providing cleaner and cooler air, sinking carbon to fight climate change, providing a home for wildlife…their list of benefits goes on!

There is still lots of work to be done, and in the face of climate and social crises, our role has never been more urgent. We need communities at the forefront, and collective action to give our cause necessary momentum. For this, we need your help - donate so that we can continue to invest in urban trees and communities.

A special thanks to the players of the People's Postcode Lottery for their continued support, which has enabled us to keep planting more urban trees for people and planet.

Donate to Trees for Cities and together we can help cities grow into greener, cleaner and healthier places for people to live and work worldwide.