Trees for Streets is the new National Street Tree Sponsorship scheme. We aim to make it easy for residents and organisations to donate to the planting and watering of trees in their streets and neighbourhoods. We host sponsorship schemes of behalf of local councils.
Giving residents the means to directly improve their neighbourhood, is a powerful way to increase community resilience, and helps dissolve barriers between councils and residents.
Street trees offer huge benefits for our own mental and physical wellbeing. They also capture carbon, absorb pollution, create shading and cooling, and just make where we live that much nicer.
Trees for Cities is an innovative charity, with an admirable track record of empowering communities through tree planting and other green projects. Their work is often focussed on localities suffering from a lack of access to green space. They recently planted their millionth tree.
Start with Local, is a social enterprise, whose aim it is to try to solve some of society’s problems from a local starting point.
Set up as a design and delivery organisation, Start with Local understands how to weave together differing disciplines, (from tech to marketing to community engagement, and this case, tree planting), to come up with innovative ways of solving problems.
This project has been supported from the start by the Environment Team at the Greater London Authority (GLA) – our thanks to Ben Connor and Katrina Ramsey.
In fact, Trees for Cities together with the Forestry Commission, were involved in the creating the new London Urban Forest Plan, which includes ‘Piloting an online platform to facilitate corporate and public sponsorship to support street tree and other planting and maintenance across London.’
The project team were over the moon to receive initial funding support from the the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, who’s vision is for ‘London to be a city where all individuals and communities can thrive, especially those experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation’.
A key priority of Trees for Streets is greening the greyer, less affluent neighbourhoods.
The project team is working with a group of local and city councils to help shape and design the scheme, these include: Bristol City Council, Nottingham City Council, The Northern Forest Project (which covers a number of northern city councils), Croydon Council, Ealing Council, Barking and Dagenham Council, Redbridge Council, Tower Hamlets Council, and Hillingdon Council.
Are you a resident or community group who’d like to get trees planted in your street or in your neighbourhood? Or, if you work for a local authority and would like to discuss whether a street tree sponsorship scheme could work in your borough, we’d love to talk.