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RE:LEAF Awards 2011 – celebrating a leafier London

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Londoners who can capture the immense value of London's trees and woodlands through poetry, prose, photography or posters are invited to enter this year’s RE:LEAF Awards.  The ‘creative’ category joins five others for the fourth year of the prestigious awards (previously known as the London Tree and Woodland Awards).

RE:LEAF is an initiative led by the Mayor of London , Boris Johnson, which aims to protect the capital's trees and woodlands and to encourage individual Londoners, businesses and organisations to plant more trees in the capital.

The awards recognise and celebrate the projects, and the individuals, groups and organisations, that are making significant contribution to RE:LEAF.

Ron Melville, the Forestry Commission’s Regional Director for London said:

“London's trees and woodlands are loved by those who live and work in our capital city for making our streets more attractive and offering shelter from the sun as well as providing a long-term habitat for wildlife, reducing pollution and helping to mitigate against climate change.

“These awards recognise those organisations, individuals and schools that help to improve London through their dedication to trees and woodlands.”

Marnie Rose, CEO of The Garden Classroom, one of last year’s winners said:

"Winning the Tree Award from The Forestry Commission at City Hall for 'Most successful urban tree education project 2010" has helped The Garden Classroom as it was the first award this young non-profit organisation had earned and created a benchmark for the future.  Mentioning the award in funding bids has also played a part in creating successful funding applications. The award honours the attention The Garden Classroom is generating for it's passion and drive for urban communities to learn about the environment".

The categories this year are:

  • The Communities Tree and Woodland Award - for the most innovative tree and woodland project involving local communities
  • The Street Tree Award – for an exceptionally successful street tree project in 2011
  • The Tree Council’s Trees and Learning Award - for good practice in planting trees by young people or raising awareness and understanding in schools or with youth groups
  • Grant Scheme project over the last three years, chosen by the Forestry Commission
  • The RE:LEAF ‘Acorn’ Award – for exceptional success and dedication of an individual to trees and woodlands in London
  • The RE:LEAF Creative Award – for an innovative and creative piece of work which promotes the value of trees to London and Londoners.

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday 14 October 2011 and the Awards will be presented at an invited evening reception on 1 December in the London Living Room at the top of City Hall.

Details on the awards, categories and how/where to apply are available on the Forestry Commission London web site at Re: Leaf Awards

Notes to editors

  1. Awards are decided by a judging panel comprising representatives of the GLA, Forestry Commission, Natural England, Royal Parks, Woodland Trust and a London Borough.
  2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at
  3. RE:LEAF aims to increase London’s tree cover from 20% to 25% by 2025. Working in partnership with the Forestry Commission and third sector organisations such as the Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities the Mayor is developing projects and initiatives to support Londoners to green the capital. For further information about the Mayor’s RE:LEAF London campaign please visit.'

For media enquiries contact:
Ron Melville  on 0207 238 3354 or email