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Londoners offered 49,000 free trees for mass planting weekend

Author:  Mayor of London
Last Updated:  04/10/2018

The Mayor is inviting Londoners, schools and local community groups to apply for 49,000 free trees as part of a mass planting of 75,000 trees over one weekend later this year. The event is being organised by the Mayor of London as part of his plan to help make the capital become a National Park City.

The Mayor has partnered with the Woodland Trust, which will provide 24,000 trees free of charge for Londoners to plant in their gardens, with a further 25,000 trees being offered to community groups and schools across the capital, in partnership with community charity The Conservation Volunteers.

The trees being given away include field maple, birch, hazel and hawthorn saplings, all attractive garden species that are great for wildlife and easy to plant and will be planted over the weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December to help mark National Tree Week.

London’s trees help improve air quality by removing 2,241* tonnes of pollution from the air every year, and save an estimated £126M in costs to society associated with pollution. They remove the equivalent of 13 per cent of PM10 particulates and 14 percent of NO2 emitted by road transport, as well as storing carbon and creating habitat for wildlife.

The Mayor is working with partners across London to make the capital a National Park City and as part of this he is committed to maintaining and expanding the capital’s impressive ‘urban forest’ of eight million trees.

Today London’s Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues, visited the Loughborough Estate in Lambeth with the Woodland Trust to help plant trees in the estate’s new community orchard. The project is run by the estate’s management board and is bringing residents together to plant 32 trees on green spaces around the estate, part funded by the Mayor of London’s Community Tree Planting Grants.

The Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Shirley Rodrigues said:

“The Mayor is determined to make London one of the greenest cities on the planet and Londoners have the chance to roll up their sleeves and help make this happen by applying for nearly 50,000 free trees. Whether it’s in gardens, parks or greening our housing estates, one of the best things we can all do to help make our city greener and healthier is to plant a tree, and I hope as many people as possible will take part in London’s biggest ever tree planting National Park City weekend.”

The 24,000 free trees for Londoners to plant at home are being delivered in partnership with the Woodland Trust and The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is an international forest conservation initiative that marks The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and unites the 53 member states in saving and protecting the Earth’s forests.

Woodland Trust Chair, Baroness Young, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Mayor of London to offer Londoners the opportunity to strengthen The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. Trees are at the heart of our community. They add character to our streets, and provide a host of benefits for people, wildlife and our urban environment. Urban trees are important for us socially and culturally, they greatly enhance the places where we live and work, raise families, socialise and relax, and from which we draw identity and pride.

“Their stature and beauty make them the defining elements of urban spaces. They cast shade in the heat of summer, provide shelter from the rain and wind, help to keep the air clean and breathable, support wildlife, and add value to the culture and economy of our towns and cities.“

Demand for trees is expected to be high so Londoners wanting a tree pack (of two trees to plant at home) have from now until the 5 November to apply, whilst community groups and schools with the space to plant at least 50 trees have until 22 November.

There are plenty of ways for Londoners to get involved in the Mayor’s tree planting including:

  • Apply by 5 November at for free tree packs to plant in gardens. Tree packs will be delivered to successful applicants’ homes by the end of November.
  • Organise tree planting events in local communities, by applying for a free pack of 50 trees to brighten up local green spaces and playgrounds. Community groups can apply for up to 50 free trees for their events by going to
  • Volunteering at large-scale National Park City tree planting events on 1st and 2nd December 2018. Trees for Cities will be hosting four large events in North, South, East and West London. Full details of how to register can be found via
  • There will also be online advice on tree planting including how to plant a tree, where you can plant it and how to care for it at

* Data comes from: Valuing London’s Urban Forest – Results of the London i-Tree Eco Project:
Valuing London’s Urban Forest