Did you know there are as many trees in London as there are people? However, our leafy friends may be about to tip the balance thanks to a major tree-planting campaign – that you can get involved in.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan explains: "My Greener City Fund is investing £12 million in trees and green spaces to help London reach the goal of being confirmed as the world's first National Park City next summer and expanding the capital's impressive 'urban forest' of eight million trees."
This weekend (December 1st and 2nd) there are over 30 volunteering events to plant trees. Some 75,000 trees have already been handed out to public and community groups and an extra 5,000 free trees like bird cherry, field maple and rowan will go straight to Londoners this week, so grab a spade.
Sadiq Khan's plan is to increase London's existing tree canopy cover by ten per cent by 2050. At the moment, trees cover around 21 per cent of the city, ranging from twelve to 28 per cent across the 32 boroughs, which you can see in the pretty fascinating new tree canopy map (pic below).
Daniel Raven Ellison, National Park City campaigner, comments: "There are as many trees living in London as people. It's brilliant that so many of us are getting outside and planting more trees together – the more trees we share our city with the richer we will all be.
"The London National Park City is all about working together to make our city greener, healthier and wilder. Planting trees is one of the most powerful way to deliver on all three of those aims. Trees make London more beautiful, clean our air and provide valuable habitat for wildlife, and planting them is good for our health and can build friendship."
The tree-planting events are being run by The Conservation Volunteers, The National Trust and Wayward Plants with other happenings going on throughout National Tree Week (November 24th to December 2nd 2018).