Trees and woodlands are good for Londoners, good for visitors to London, and good for business in London. Consequently, the RE:LEAF initiative aims to increase London's tree cover by 5% by 2025.
During his first term the Mayor fulfilled a commitment to plant 10,000 street trees in London. To follow up this successful initiative the Mayor has committed to plant an additional 10,000 street trees by March 2015. This fund is open to all London boroughs and other organisations that own or manage public realm, including businesses, registered social landlords, and community groups working with or on behalf of boroughs and private landowners. There will be three annual funding rounds.
The aim is to plant these new trees across the whole of the Greater London area to increase the benefits to residents, businesses and visitors that the social, economic and environmental improvements new street trees provide.
Boroughs, community organisations, charities and local business partnerships can apply for the street tree grant. However, it would be helpful to contact your local borough tree officer before applying for a grant as they are in a position to advise with location selection and species choice. You can find the contact details of your borough tree officer on the London Tree Officers Association website.
Useful advice for individuals on how to assess the suitability of your street for tree planting and what to do next is in Trees for Cities' Best Practice - Street Trees guide.
The Mayor's grant is now open for applications. All applications must be received by 16th November 2012.
Guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded below:
For further information or to discuss a potential application for 2012, please contact:
LTWGS Programmes Officer
12 Baron Street
London, N1 9LL
T: 020 7239 1292