29 September 2021
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Last night, GoodGym volunteers took to the streets of Croydon to tell people about the local Trees for Streets scheme.

Croydon Council was one of the first UK councils to join the Trees for Streets project, and since the launch of its scheme this summer, requests have been rolling in from local residents for new trees to be planted in streets and parks across the borough.

This event saw members of the Croydon GoodGym group brave the wet Autumn weather to share information about tree sponsorship with local people.

GoodGym has previously run similar events to help promote Trees for Streets in Tower Hamlets, and there’s more to come over the next few months. Long term the two charities plan to collaborate both on getting new trees planted and encouraging tree watering in other GoodGym areas across London and nationwide, contributing not only to our environment but also to the individual health and fitness of its members.

Why are street trees important?

Street trees do so much for us:

•             capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen

•             improve our health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally

•             absorb air pollution

•             improve air quality by acting like natural filters

•             protect us from flooding

•             create shading and cooling – so important in towns and cities

•             make the neighbourhoods where we live that bit nicer

Beyond donating money to sponsor a tree, there are lots of other ways for people to get involved.

Once each street tree is planted, it will need watering every week throughout the summer for 3 years to give it the best chance of survival, and any litter or weeds will need removing too, to make sure it thrives.

GoodGym are running further events to support Trees for Streets this Autumn, follow @goodgym and @treesforstreets on Twitter for more details.