Thursday, 29 May 2014

Street tree award for Streatham trees

I've been up to City Hall with Anthony Ellis from the Streatham Bridge Business Association, to pick up an award for Streatham's new street trees (picture of us at City Hall last night, with Anthony on the left and me on the right).

Anthony is one of the unsung heroes of the local community who has done so much.

About eighteen months ago (I think it was on the day the Streatham Bridge reopened) we had a long chat and brainstorm together about how we could get more trees in the local area. We were getting lots of requests from local people for trees, but the council had cut its tree budget.

Over a beer we came up with the idea of a bid to the Mayor's street tree fund. We went away and audited areas that needed street trees, and Anthony did amazing work getting together a successful bid.

The result was around 300 trees in local side streets.

The RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards recognise committed individuals, organisations and great projects that have promoted and improved the conservation and management of London's trees and woodland.

More information on the Re:Leaf awards can be found here

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