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Today, the Mayor’s Street Tree scheme marks the planting of a record number of 20,000 trees along London’s roads.
Aimed at brightening up congested high roads and enhancing the environment, this is a huge milestone in the scheme which has resulted in a variety of trees such as birches and oaks being planted across London boroughs.
The 20,000th tree symbolises the amazing work carried out by local businesses, boroughs and individuals passionate about improving their area.
It was also open to civil society organisations and community groups working with or on behalf of boroughs and private landowners.
The Mayor has spent £5.7m on the Street Tree Initiative since 2008 with over £3m having been match funded by the recipients of the grant. RE: LEAF is a partnership campaign led by the Mayor to protect the capital's trees and encourage individual Londoners, businesses and organisations to plant more trees.
Street trees are planted on pavements and along highways to clean the air, keep the city cooler in the summer and increase green space.
Boroughs have all seen a huge increase in the number of trees appearing along their streets in the past year, with 300 in Lambeth, 400 in Islington and over 1,000 in Ealing.
He was joined by the Streatham Bridge Business Association, a collective of community groups who have received a total of £135,000 from the Mayor’s fund to help brighten up Streatham – including 48 along Streatham High Road, where new trees are transforming the area .Matthew Pencharz said: “This is a fantastic scheme that has improved the aesthetic of busy streets across the capital.