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.
Why watering young urban trees is so important
As an urban tree planting organisation, our work does not end as soon as the trees are safely in the ground. As trees as organisms did not evolve in an urban environment, they require a bit more help to prosper and thrive in our towns and cities. One of the most important aspects of caring for newly planted trees is to have a watering regime in place throughout the warmer months. At Trees for Cities, our Urban Forest team makes sure the trees we plant in winter are properly looked after in the months to follow. We also encourage local residents to volunteer to become 'tree watering champions' in their local area.
Please click below to read more about why urban trees in particular need looking after: