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‘Urban forest’ will be created in Hainault with 15,000 trees from the Mayor of London

PUBLISHED: 17:02 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:02 16 August 2018

Would you like an urban forest in the borough? Picture: Victoria Jones

Would you like an urban forest in the borough? Picture: Victoria Jones

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Hainault will be transformed into an “urban woodland” after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced thousands of trees will be shipped to Redbridge.

As part of the mayor’s ambition to make London a national park city, 15,000 trees out of a total of 40,000 are heading to Forest Road Recreation Ground, Hainault.

Projects in 21 London boroughs are being funded by the Mayor’s Greener City Fund and new plants have been earmarked for parks, playgrounds, estates, schools and community spaces across the capital.

“Our much-loved green spaces boost our environment and enhance our quality of life and I’m committed to planting thousands of new trees,” the Mayor of London said.

He explained he wanted to maintain and expand the capital’s urban forest of eight million trees which can store carbon, help improve air quality, and create habitat for wildlife.

Residents will be invited to roll up their sleeve and get involved in planting the trees and schools and community groups can get their hands on free activity packs.

Kate Sheldon, development director at Trees for Cities said: “We are delighted to be the lead events partner for the Mayor of London’s first mass tree planting weekend and are busy planning fun, family-friendly planting days out in north, south, east and west London.

“We’ll need hundreds of volunteers to help us plant so do join us.”

As well as distributing trees the mayor also announced a £1.5million City Hall fund for boroughs and charities to create new woodland.

London-wide Assembly Member, Tom Copley AM, said: “Our green spaces are precious, enhancing the quality of life for local people and helping to mitigate the pressing issue of air pollution, so, the planting of these new trees will provide a significant boost for our community, and a step forward in making London the world’s first national park city.

“Today, we have also seen the mayor launch a £1.5m woodland fund, so I would urge local charities and organisations to bid for their share of it.”

The Mayor of London said more details will be announced shortly and people can register their interest by visiting london.gov.uk/grow.

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