Sponsoring a tree in a street (or a local park) can create a real sense of ownership and neighbourhood connection.
Councils up and down the country have discovered that joining Trees for Streets is a fantastic way both to empower their residents, but also raise much needed funding for new street tree planting. Residents often also take on the job of watering these trees increasing engagement and cost savings.
Trees for Streets runs the national online fundraising platform that manages council’s street tree sponsorship schemes. We also support planting in parks. We manage sponsorship requests from both residents and local businesses. The platform handles both individual sponsorships and community led crowdfunding where a number of trees are being funded.
We actively promote the schemes in our participating local authority areas. We engage with the local community and work with council’s inhouse communication teams. We also get the message out using social media, door drops and local press.
Our team manage the incoming sponsorship requests, including the donation payments. Our council partners approve/decline these requests. They then manage the tree planting via their usual channels.
Trees for Streets launched in May 2021 working with 8 local authorities. Since then the scheme has gone from strength to strength, and we’re now supporting 18 councils: Bedford, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridge, Coventry, Gloucester, Leeds, Sheffield, Reading, Worthing and in London, we work with Barnet, Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Islington, Merton and Tower Hamlets.
We’re taking on new councils all the time. Could yours be one?
Trees for Streets, is a charitable enterprise, set up by the charity, Trees for Cities, in partnership, with the civic innovator, Start with Local, supported by the Mayor of London, and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery, City Bridge Trust and the DEFRA’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
Do drop us a line if you’d like to find out more. We’re very happy to run a short online intro session with councils who want to find out a little bit more.
Say hello: firstname.lastname@example.org