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Londoners – get your neighbours together for a plant-a-thon this National Tree Week

Written by Alice Skeats

As National Tree Week approaches, the Mayor of London and Nextdoor, are encouraging Londoners to volunteer to help plant trees at more than 30 events across the city.

The Mayor is working with Trees for Cities and TCV, the community volunteering charity who are hosting large planting days where hundreds of volunteers can get together and plant thousands of trees. Community groups across the city are also hosting their own local planting events.

Why not get your neighbours involved and join in at one of these events? You can find your nearest tree planting event here and then post the details on Nextdoor to get more people involved.

Throughout the week over 60,000 trees will be planted across London to help make the city a greener place. These fantastic events are all part of the Mayor’s work to increase London’s tree canopy by 10 per cent by 2050 and maintain London’s status as the world’s first National Park City.  

Neighbours are also in with a chance to get free trees for their homes or local communities, as 5,000 trees will be up for grabs at selected tree giveaway sites during the week. Find a site near you here. 

Community groups and schools across London will also be planting their free trees – over 200 groups will be receiving packs of between 10 and 200 trees. 25,000 trees in total will be sent out through the community trees scheme with TCV.  These will help create new hedgerows and see more trees planted in parks and green spaces on housing estates.

Check out to see whether you live near and can attend one of the largest tree planting events this weekend:

23 November – Goodmayes Planting Day, 10am – 3pm
Goodmayes Park, Redbridge, IG3
Trees for Cities are planting up to 9,000 trees with Redbridge Council and Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure 

23 NovemberTCV 60th Anniversary Tree Planting, 11am – 2pm
Westcroft Close, Camden, NW2
The Community Volunteering charity’s anniversary celebrations will include planting 3,500 trees and family activities

You can pick up free trees from Wednesday 27 November, including a two large giveaway days in central London:

27-28 November – Tree Giveaway at Bloomberg Arcade, 11am – 2pm Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N
Pick up two free trees to plan at home, including Bird Cherry, Field Maple and Rowan/Mountain Ash.

More advice on how to get involved and plant trees is at www.london.gov.uk/trees 

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