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Mayor of London announces thousands of new street trees across London

Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announces thousands of new street trees will be planted across 20 boroughsSadiq Khan
A part of the Mayor’s commitment to increase the capital’s existing tree canopy cover by 10 per cent by 2050
Sadiq has also awarded £1.1 million to 54 community projects to improve and create green spaces
Sadiq has already planted more trees in his first term than the previous Mayor did in 8 years – more than 250,000 trees already planted since May 2016

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today announced that thousands of new street trees will be planted across 20 boroughs. London has secured over £2 million from the Forestry Commission as part of the Government’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund, having received one fifth of the national fund to plant almost 7,000 street trees across the capital. The funding was secured in collaboration with London boroughs, who will plant and maintain the new trees.

Sadiq has matched funding from the Forestry Commission with over £1 million from the Mayor’s Greener City Fund, alongside £280,000 from the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, and £1 million from participating boroughs.

As a result of the funding, 2,898 trees will be planted in London by end of March 2020, and a further 4,040 trees will be planted next winter.

The Mayor has also awarded £1.1 million to 54 community projects, in the third round of the Community Green Space Grants, part of his Greener City Fund to improve and create green spaces. Sadiq has now supported more than 250 local projects to improve and create green space and waterways since 2018. These new projects will be delivered over the course of 2020 across 23 boroughs, enhancing and improving access to parks, greening school playgrounds, cleaning up canals and rivers, installing new community gardens and creating new wildlife habitats.

London’s trees are estimated to provide at least £133m of benefits to Londoners every year. They help improve air quality by removing 2,241 tonnes of pollution annually, including harmful PM10 particulates and NO2 roadside emissions as well as making our streets more beautiful and encouraging walking and cycling1. Trees also create a vital habitat for London’s wildlife, reduce flood risk and help to tackle climate change through absorbing and storing carbon. Overall, over 275 hectares of green space and waterways will be improved through the Mayor’s Greener City funding.

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