Trees For Cities
In October 2016, we awarded Trees For Cities £50,000 over two years towards the Future Urban Forests project.
Trees for Cities (TfC) is an independent charity established in 1993. They inspire people to plant and love trees in cities worldwide. The charity works with local landowners, partner organisations and community groups to deliver innovative urban tree planting projects. Through 23 years of experience they have established a successful and unique model of partnership work and are the only urban tree planting charity with a dedicated community-led approach which operates on an international scale. Trees For Cities deliver projects in over 20 cities across the UK and overseas. Since their inception they have engaged over 65,000 people to plant more than 635,000 urban trees in parks, streets, schools, hospitals and housing estates in cities worldwide.
- The aim for year 1 was to plant 15,000 trees across four UK citieso create areas of urban woodland, community orchards and new large trees in parks and along streets. Thanks to support from the Dulverton Trust, Trees For Cities were able to leverage further funding, which enabled them to plant a total of 21,990 trees, almost 7,000 more than initially planned.
- A total of 589 volunteers (252 adults, 337 children) were engaged in tree planting activities across the four cities. These volunteers represent the participation of 20 community groups, local businesses and schools, including the Sant Nirankari Mission, the Green S Welfare Force, the Wildlife trusts and local ‘Friends of’ groups.
Participants were overwhelmingly positive about the project: “The tree planting and orchard have really changed the area for the better and given a solid visible evidence of the real importance of trees to the green living landscape. It enables residents to see, touch, and appreciate their trees. For many with no gardens or living in cramped conditions it is a real chance to bond with living greenery”