Planting healthier cities across the UK
Join our campaign to build #HealthierCities and help us transform the mental health of our towns and cities for generations to come.
Urban trees are superstars: they clean our air, protect wildlife, provide shade, improve our mental wellbeing and so much more. By integrating trees into urban development, we can create the blueprint for smarter and healthier cities that'll benefit everyone! With 80% of us now living in urban areas, we now need our trees more than ever.
Sadly, UK air pollution is linked to 40,000 early deaths a year, and Global Action Plan has found that a quarter of UK pupils (which equates to 3.4 million children) attend schools where air pollution is over the WHO limit. Dr Maria Neira, Director at WHO says: “These figures are unequivocally too high and harming children’s health. Schools should be safe places of learning, not places where students are at risk of health hazards. There is no safe level of air pollution, and if we care about our children and their future, air pollution limits should reflect WHO guidelines.”
Urban trees filter atmospheric pollutants like sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide through their leaves, and they also remove particulate matter (PM). Therefore, it's more important that ever that we plant more urban trees that will create greener, happier and healthier cities for generations to come.
It costs just £6 to plant an urban tree in one of our towns & cities - Join the fight today!
PLANTING HEALTHY AIR IN SCHOOLS
Through Planting Healthy Air in Schools, Trees for Cities is testing green infrastructure, design and planting techniques to screen airborne pollution.
The programme involves redesigning areas of the playground where air quality is particularly poor, including planting trees and other vegetation and creating woodland shelters and wildlife areas to help create greener, healthier playgrounds for outdoor learning and play.
How can I get involved?
Our towns and cities need you! Take action below and help us make your hometown greener, happier and healthier.
Donate to our cause
Just £6 will plant 1 tree in an urban woodland, and help create greener, healthier cities for generations to come.Support our work
Whether you're a keen marathon runner, a cross-country cyclist, or just starting out with a 5k run, we'll have an event for you. Take up the challenge for our city trees!Join in!
Brand new facemasks
Breathe healthy with one of our Trees for Cities facemasks. Made from organic cotton and certified with OEKO TEX Standard 100.
Each masked is also packed in a plastic-free box made from recycled cardboard, and was individually wrapped in a Covid-secure environment.Browse here
QUIZ: Do you know all the amazing benefits of urban trees?
Test your tree knowledge this Clean Air Day and learn about the powers of urban trees!Start the quiz
Write to your council
Ask your council for more trees in your streets and local parks. If they’ve declared a climate emergency, you can send them this document to get their tree planting started.Read more
Volunteer with us
We wouldn’t be able to create greener, healthier cities without our amazing volunteers. Sign up today to be the first to hear about new volunteering opportunities. NB: please note that we are currently unable to arrange mass tree planting events due to Covid-19, but we are following the developments closely.Sign up
Spotlight on #GrowYourLove with Ecosia
One way we're creating healthier cities as well as showing our appreciation for the incredible efforts made by NHS key workers, is the #GrowYourLove initiative to plant trees around NHS hospitals in the UK, in partnership with Ecosia and NHS Forest.
These new trees will support the mental health and wellbeing of NHS workers and will act as a living monument and gesture of thanks from the general public for the efforts of key workers who have helped fight the coronavirus.Read more here
Take action today and help us create #HealthierCities for today's and future generations!
Clean Air Hub
The Clean Air Hub has brought together information on what air pollution is, how it affects your health and what actions you can take to protect yourself and others.
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