Two major tree giveaways were launched last week by Shirley Rodrigues, London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. Nearly 50,000 free trees will be delivered in time for London’s biggest ever tree planting weekend on 1 and 2 December, giving Londoners the chance to plant trees in their gardens or in their local communities.
Free trees for community groups
The Mayor is working with The Conservation Volunteers to give away 25,000 trees to across the city. Groups can get packs of 50 free trees to brighten up local green spaces and playgrounds. Your trees will be a mixture of UK native species specially chosen by The Conservation Volunteers – they are great for wildlife and easy to plant. The saplings will be between 20-60cm high and come in packs of 50, making them the perfect addition to any communal green space. Applications for up to four packs (200 trees) are welcome from community groups, housing associations, tenants or residents associations, schools, friends of parks groups and other charities. Applications must be received by 22 November. Apply now for your free community tree packs.
Free trees for gardens
The Mayor is also working with the Woodland Trust and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy to give away 24,000 free trees for your garden to help make London greener and wilder. You can apply for two free trees – one for you and one for a friend. Apply now for your free tree.
If you don’t have space to plant your own trees, but still want to make London greener, why not volunteer at one of the mass planting events on 1 or 2 December?