Trees and woodlands make London a more attractive place and help combat the effects of climate change.
What is RE:LEAF?
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. The Mayor also wants to protect London's woodlands and associated wildlife and make London a greener, more attractive city.
London’s population is expected to increase to about 8.5 million by 2025. RE:LEAF is committed to increase tree cover by 5 per cent by 2025 – equating to one tree for every Londoner.
- Planted 10,000 street trees under the Mayor’s Street Tree Programme in areas of London where they are most needed . In the Mayor’s second term he has committed to plant 10,000 more street trees across London;
- Planted two new woodlands in the boroughs of Croydon and Barking and Dagenham. as part of the London Ambassador Legacy programme;
- Held a number of tree planting events across London, including planting 20,000 trees across seven London boroughs in January 2011;
- We have planted a new orchard and 3 woodlands in Redbridge, Greenwich and Bexley;
- Distributed 11,000 trees to over 50 communities across London through the Woodland Trust community tree packs programme.With your help, we can make London the greenest big city in the world;
- Held seed gathering events to encourage Londoners to grow their own trees from seed;
- Established London's first ever 'London Tree Week' to celebrate London's trees and woodlands. The next London Tree Week will run 24-31 May, 2014.
Read the RE:LEAF prospectus to find out how we aim to increase London’s tree cover.
Get involved, get support and get funding
There are lots of ways to get involved in planting more trees in London:
- Apply for grants through the Mayor’s Street Tree Initiative or Community Grant Scheme
- Find out about volunteering opportunities and funding for community groups.
- Tips on planting a tree in your own garden.
- Come along to RE:LEAF events.
- Join in the Big Tree Plant, a national campaign to encourage people to plant more trees.
London Tree and Woodland Framework
In partnership with the Forestry Commission, the Mayor published a London Tree and Woodland Framework in 2005 to provide a strategic approach to managing trees and woodlands in London.