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Tower Hamlets awarded Tree Cities of the World recognition for the first time

Tree planting

Tower Hamlets has been awarded ‘Tree Cities of the World’ status for our dedication to urban and community forestry, tree-planting, and biodiversity. 

The global programme, run by Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, connects us with 138 cities from 21 countries.  

In the last five years, Tower Hamlets Council has planted approximately 7,800 trees in our streets and across our parks.  

Additionally, Furze Green has won the Community Tree Award at the London Tree and Woodland Awards due to the community involvement with the project and dedication to tree-planting – which was presented on 17th May at Kew Gardens. The Furze Green project was a partnership between Tower Hamlets Council and Trees for Cities, designed to enhance the green space for the local community. 

Today (June 16) is Clean Air Day, a UK-wide day to raise awareness of pollution reduction and air quality improvement. Trees not only beautify our streets and green spaces but provide important health and environmental benefits to our borough – contributing to cleaner air and crucially, helping to respond to the climate emergency.  

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: 

“Our natural environment urgently needs protecting so that we can all benefit from cleaner air and enjoy our beautiful parks. Our tree-planting programme is a crucial part of this work, both to enhance our streets and green spaces, while also taking action on the climate emergency. 

“We are committed to a programme of planting even more trees in our borough, including with a £1.5 million fund for tree-planting so all our residents can enjoy the benefits of trees and the improvement to the environment.” 

For more information about tree-planting in Tower Hamlets, please visit our website to view our 2020-2025 Tree Management Plan. 

If local residents are interested in getting involved and sponsoring tree-planting projects in their local communities, please visit the Tower Hamlets Trees for Streets page. These efforts are to encourage residents to participate in greening their neighbourhoods in addition to the overall trees that the Council is planting. 

Posted on Thursday 16th June 2022