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City tree planting project seeks volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to help plant more than 70,000 urban trees this autumn and winter.

The planting project, which is run by charity Trees for Cities, will start in London this Saturday and then continue in streets and green spaces in deprived areas around the country and internationally for the next five months. Towns and cities involved include Manchester, Peterborough, Gateshead, Sheffield, Brighton, Reading and Milton Keynes.

The trees will help to beautify local communities, increase urban biodiversity, improve air quality and enhance public green spaces. In Thamesmead in London, 4,500 whips and a small community orchard will be planted on an underused area of open space next to an estate while in Manchester, 5,000 trees will be planted in the city’s parks and in Sheffield, new woodland will be created with 2,500 trees.

The UK has fallen behind in planting new trees to replace the thousands of large Victorian-era canopy trees that are nearing the end of their life cycle.

Sharon Johnson, CEO of Trees for Cities said: “Trees for Cities has been highlighting the interconnectedness between trees and people’s livelihoods and wellbeing for many years. Since eight out of ten people will be living in urban areas, the priority must be to set a target increase for the urban forest.”

The first planting event will take place at Ruskin Park in Lambeth this Saturday from 11am to 3pm and is open to all. The trees will be added to a new informal garden and there will also be entertainment, live music and themed activities.

Information on further planting dates and locations will be listed at www.facebook.com/treesforcities. For specific questions about volunteering or taking part in a Trees for Cities training programme, contact alice@treesforcities.org.

 

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