At the start of National Tree Week, Westminster is pleased to announce the beginning of its annual street tree planting programme: putting in 150 new trees throughout the borough from November 2016 to March 2017.
The council currently manages 15,000 trees in the borough including 9,000 street trees and is committed to adding an extra 1,000 by 2020.
The iconic London plane is still planted where appropriate along with a wider range of tree species which help make the overall population of trees better able to cope with pests and diseases.
Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “We are working to create a greener and more sustainable city, to improve air quality and make our surroundings more pleasant for everyone. Trees are key here and we are committed to planting more trees and creating more green spaces. As part of this, we shall be consulting on our open space and biodiversity strategy - to make the city green and help it to thrive.”
Westminster has also applied for further funding from the Greater London Authority's tree fund to plant an extra 40 street trees over the next 4 months within our Marylebone Low Emission Neighbourhood. The Westminster Tree Trust is also looking at match-funding new trees in the area.
The “Open Space and Biodiversity Strategy” consultation (out shortly) will give locals a say on supporting the borough’s plant and animal life, which in turn will help tackle issues such as harmful pollutants in the air.