Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plant a Million Trees; Join Our Great New Campaign to Give Our Bleakest City Streets a Greener New Life

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plant a Million Trees; Join Our Great New Campaign to Give Our Bleakest City Streets a Greener New Life

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Byline: GERAINT SMITH

THE Evening Standard today launches a campaign to plant a million trees in London and breathe new life into the capital. In association with the environmental charity, Trees for London, the Standard is inviting readers to sponsor new trees which will improve the appearance of the city, create important habitats for wildlife and help to reduce the air pollution caused by rising traffic levels.

Readers can choose the species of tree they prefer (see Page 9) or which area of London they want it in. Organisers hope it will be the largest tree sponsorship scheme ever seen in Britain.

Initially, the campaign will focus on 16 sites (see above right) where there are few, if any, trees and begin bringing them up to the level of London's greenest areas. In subsequent years, the campaign will embrace every London borough.

It will involve the planting of trees along many busy roads, in schools, parks and other open spaces as well as the creation of new community woodlands.

Organisers hope to reach the target of one million trees by 2010, with 100,000 in the first year.

"We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to breathe life into their streets," said Graham Simmonds, chief executive of Trees for London.

"It will enable them to benefit their local environment for years, and perhaps centuries, to come.

"This is a project in which everybody in London can participate in some way, either by sponsoring trees - which can cost as little as [pound]15 - or as volunteers to help plant them. We particularly hope that schools will get involved by raising money with their local communities to sponsor a tree or maybe a grove."

In addition to the certificate sent to each sponsor, schools taking part in the campaign will get a wall chart about the importance of trees to the environment.

Evening Standard readers have shown their support for London's natural heritage in the past. …

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