Why trees and woodland are vital for London’s future.
They look great, improve the quality of the air, provide shelter from the rain and the sun, and provide home for birds and other wildlife, not only are trees good for Londoners but they are good for visitors and good for business Given their multiple assets, it’s no wonder the capital can’t get enough of them.
According to research, increasing the amount of London trees there are in an area by just 10 per cent can decrease the temperature of the city by as much as four degrees Celsius.
In order to reap the unique and multiple benefits trees bring to a city, the Greater London Authority is working with various boroughs and partners across London to increase the amount of London trees by 25 per cent by the year 2025, that’s an increase of 2 million more London trees!
Part of the scheme involves Boris Johnson’s Street Trees Programme, which is an expansion of the Forestry Commission’s London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme and will run until March next year. Within the scheme, charities, residential groups, local councils and community groups are able to apply for grants to plant trees in their area.
Talking about how important trees are to people living and visiting London, the London Mayor said:
“Trees are a vital part of our city, providing shade, keeping our streets cooler and making our city much more attractive.”
Reiterating Boris Johnson’s views on the imperativeness that London has more trees, is Pam Warhurst, the chair of the Forestry Commission, who is combining a Community Grant Scheme with the Mayor’s funding in order to maximize the amount of trees and woodland there is in London.
“Urban trees and woodlands are just as important as the forests we manage in the wider countryside because of the very many people they benefit,” said Ms Warhurst.