Mayor of London planting 15,000 trees in Hainault on Saturday
PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 November 2018
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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will roll up his sleeves and join hundreds of volunteers to plant 15,000 trees in Hainault.
Work begins on the “urban woodland” on Saturday (December 1) and leader of the council, Councillor Jas Athwal, will also be at Forest Road to help the effort.
“We have fantastic open spaces and parks in the borough and we are committed to looking at ways to protect and enhance these areas,” said Cllr Athwal.
“I’m delighted to work in partnership with Trees for Cities and for the support of the Mayor of London to plant thousands of trees across the borough.
“It’s great that so many people are getting involved in this important project, which will have both a positive impact on the local environment and provide lasting benefits to the people who live and work in Redbridge.”
The event is part of London’s biggest ever mass tree-planting weekend, where a record 80,000 new trees funded by the mayor will be distributed across the capital.
The project in Redbridge, which is in partnership with Trees for Cities and Vision, is funded by the council through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and the Mayor of London’s Greater London Authority Woodland Fund.
Mr Khan said: “My Greener City Fund is investing £12m 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 initiative is really capturing the imagination and it is fantastic to know that there will be so many Londoners out in force this week planting trees across the city.”
The council, Vision and Trees for Cities have already delivered community planting projects at Loxford Park and Seven Kings Park and placed an edible playground in Snaresbrook Primary School which transformed the playground into a vibrant outdoor learning space, getting children excited about plants and eating healthy food.
The projects are part of a three-year programme with more community planting events taking place next year.