On track for 1 million! So far 804,346 trees have been planted
The 500,000 tree milestone was passed during National Tree Week 2013 with a commemorative tree planted in Northolt by Defra minister Dan Rogerson and Forestry Commission Chair, Sir Harry Studholme.
From left: Sharon Johnston (Trees for Cities) Steve Pound MP, Dan Rogerson MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Defra) Sir Harry Studholme (Forestry Commission) Pauline Buchanan-Black (Tree Council)
Following the final grants round of The Big Tree Plant, we are confident of reaching the 1m trees target.
The total number of trees approved now stands at over 992,000 and, with some projects asking to plant more, 1m trees will be agreed without the need for further application rounds.
The 2013/14 planting season has started and over 300,000 tree are scheduled to be planted between now and April 2014.
The Big Tree Plant:
- is a National campaign that brings together a partnership of national organisations who already plant trees, as well as civic and community groups working with Defra and the Forestry Commission
- was launched in December 2010, to increase the number of trees (individual, small groups, street trees and fruit trees) planted in towns, cities and neighbourhoods throughout England
- encourages and supports people to establish, protect and enhance local green spaces
- is supported by a Forestry Commission funding scheme, giving up to £4 million in grants (2011 to 2015) to help pay for the planting of at least one million new trees in urban areas
- aims to make neighbourhoods more attractive, healthy places to live; particularly in areas of greatest deprivation and/or where there is little greenery
- Research is available into the character of groups that applied, and the benefits and challenges they faced.
Why Plant Trees
Trees can make streets come to life, by attracting wildlife, changing colours throughout the seasons, and creating shade and shelter.
They shield houses from traffic noise, can help save energy, and reduce the risk of flooding. They cut out air pollution and help reduce summer temperatures through shading.
Planting trees is a great community activity and helps get you outdoors, meet new people, join in and feel good about where you live.