Today, Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal and The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan gathered with volunteers at the Forest Road Recreation Ground to help plant some of the 15,000 trees that are going into the borough’s community woodlands.
This has been possible with a partnership with Trees for Cities and the Council’s Leisure and Culture operator Vision RCL and funded through the council’ Community Infrastructure Levy Local Project Fund and the Mayor of London’s Greater London Authority Woodland Fund.
Cllr Athwal said: “We have fantastic opens spaces and parks in the borough and we are committed to looking at ways to protect and enhance these areas. I’m delighted to work in partnership with Trees for Cities and for the support of the Mayor of London to plant thousands of trees across the borough. It’s great that so many people are getting involved in this important project, which will have both a positive impact on the local environment and provide lasting benefits to the people who live and work in Redbridge.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “My Greener City Fund is investing £12m in trees and green spaces to help London reach the goal of being confirmed as the world’s first National Park City next summer and expanding the capital’s impressive ‘urban forest’ of eight million trees.
“This initiative is really capturing the imagination and it is fantastic to know that there will be so many Londoners out in force this week planting trees across the city.”
This and many other projects in Redbridge and around London form part of a three year programme with more community planting events taking place in 2019.