WHAT WE GOT UP TO IN NATIONAL TREE WEEK 2020
National Tree Week has been filled with lots of tree planting, despite the pandemic. Have a look at our highlights!
We couldn't do our big mass tree planting days this year, but we have still kept busy! In London, we've delivered over 100 small, safe, socially distanced planting workshops with a total of 462 local people.
As well as planting thousands of trees up and down the country, we were particularly thrilled that BBC Countryfile featured our Bradford project in their show.
Our National Tree Week work has been made possible thanks to partnerships with local councils, funders, and the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Seven Kings Park planting day with local volunteers
SEVEN KINGS PARK
Over the course of National Tree Week, we planted 5000 whips at Seven Kings Park in East London, with the help of some lovely volunteers as well as our wider staff. In 2018, we planted 50 large trees there with 181 local people, so it felt good to be back!
Together with our partners London Borough of Redbridge and Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, we’ve extended the woodland habitat in the north playing field in the park. A resilient mix of species was selected to best support urban wildlife and help prevent flooding in the area.
BBC COUNTRYFILE IN BRADFORD
How cool is this? On Sunday 29 November, we were thrilled that our planting project in Bradford in partnership with Bradford Council was featured on BBC's Countryfile. The Tree for Every Child project will see £250K invested in planting approximately 55,000 trees over the next two years across the district – the equivalent of a tree for every primary school child.
It was made possible due to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Dulverton Trust, The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund and The Arbor Day Foundation.
In case you missed it, the programme is available to watch on BBC iPlayer (we're on from 25:30).
BIG GIVE - A HUGE THANK YOU!
This year, we took part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest match-funding campaign, for the first time. Our campaign centred around enabling and inspiring the next generation of tree planter and protectors under the banner of #GenerationTree, and ran between 1st and 8th December.
Our campaign had a fundraising target of £2,620, which would be matched by pledgers from our major donors, as well as The EQ Foundation, who championed the campaign. This gave us a total target of £5,240.
We had an unprecedented response to the campaign, and managed to smash our target within 21 hours! And after the week had ended, we managed to raise a grand total of £7,907, which was way above what we expected. What a way to celebrate National Tree Week!
PLANTING AT WINDHILL
We planted a number of trees off Wrose Brow Road, Windhill, Bradford, as part of the Tree for Every Child project. The project is being run in partnership with Bradford Council, with funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Dulverton Trust, The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund and The Arbor Day Foundation.
GREENING SCHOOLS IN HULL
We also made Hull greener during National Tree Week! Together with our partners, we planted 3750 trees at Alderman Cogan School in East Hull. Big thanks to our partner PATT Foundation, as well as The Green Task Force who helped with the planting on the day.
The project is also contributing to the One 'Hull' of a Forest campaign!
NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH OCADO
National Tree Week saw us unveil our new partnership with the UK’s greenest grocer, Ocado! Through the partnership, Ocado will be making an initial donation of over half a million pounds to the charity, enabling at least 100,000 urban trees to be planted, to offset CO2 emissions. These trees will also bring a multitude of benefits, including tackling the climate crisis, cleaning our air, protecting against flood risk and creating habitats for wildlife, as well as the incalculable aesthetic, cultural and historical value they bestow on society.
Jo West, Ocado’s Head of Sustainability said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Trees for Cities. The benefits of planting trees are enormous and in urban environments, they are even more important: they help promote healthier environments for the communities that live there. Ocado is committed to ensuring we operate sustainably and we have numerous initiatives launching in 2021 to show how seriously we are taking this”.
Our planting season continues until Spring time, so watch this space! If you like to get involved with us and #GenerationTree, click here.
How we're radically transforming an urban housing estate
Despite a challenging year due to the global pandemic, we’ve been busy delivering a transformational urban greening project at Racecourse Estate in Northolt, Ealing.
Together with our partners Ealing Council and funder National Lottery Community Fund, we’re delivering a pioneering flagship project in Ealing, which aims to breathe green life back into the Racecourse Housing Estate and engage the local community through volunteering opportunities on the estate.
We believe the range of activities including tree planting, greening and food growing, will create long-lasting benefits for local residents and importantly increase access to vital outdoor green spaces!
Through October, we have been running planting workshops at Folkestone Court (part of the estate), and in line with government guidance, have welcomed small groups of individuals and families to get stuck in with their green spaces by planting fruit trees. Later in the season, we’ll install seating and create food growing areas, wildlife habitats, plant flowers and much more. We can't wait to show you the results!
Our 2019/20 tree planting season in numbers
Despite the impact of Covid-19 and a nationwide lockdown at the tail end of our planting season, we were able to plant nearly 100,000 trees with thousands of local volunteers all across the UK between October 2019 and March 2020. It has been another highly successful year for us and we remain fully committed than ever to making our cities greener, happier and healthier places for all at a time in which the benefits of public green spaces have become more apparent than ever.
Please click the link below to get our full impact in numbers.