Bedford was one of the first council areas to jump on board the national Trees for Streets scheme in 2021, and they fully embraced the chance to re-green their local streets!
Working Together to Make Their Streets Better
Residents of Bedford have been quick to realise the great opportunity that Trees for Streets can bring – a scheme that is being run by national charity, Trees for Cities. It is supported by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is funded by DEFRA and managed by the Heritage Lottery.
We’ve had hundreds of local residents get in touch through our website requesting trees to brighten up their streets and make them better places to live and work.
TECH FOR GOOD
Trees for Streets is a Tech for Good project that uses technology to empower individuals, residents and organisations to get involved in greening their communities. We do this by hosting tree sponsorship schemes on behalf of local councils and delivering local promotion and engagement activities to bring these schemes to life.
Trees for Streets uses a clever online mapping app that lets residents request to sponsor trees in streets and local parks.
The team at Trees for Streets publicise the scheme around each participating city or borough via leaflets, council emails, social media, PR and community contacts.
Some residents across Bedford have taken advantage of the Trees for Streets scheme to plant trees in places where they often wished there had been one, or to connect to their community in a meaningful way by literally laying down roots.
We’ve had trees planted to mark retirements, celebrate the lives of loved ones and simply for the joy that they can bring. And one road where residents got together to raise enough money for 18 new street trees!
These are just a handful of the stories of our wonderful sponsors – you can read more here.
WANT TO GREEN YOUR STREET?
If you’d like to get involved in greening your streets by planting a tree outside your home, on your street or in a local park like the residents of Bedford have, it’s simple!
As long as your council is participating in the scheme, all you have to do is use our app to make the request.
If your council is not already working with our charity or doesn’t already have a scheme, there’s an option on our app to complete an “expression of interest”, then we’ll send them a request to get involved on your behalf.