Tree Planting

MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What species of trees will you are planting as part of your 2017-20 tree planting programme? Will you ensure they are varieties that have the greatest impact on biodiversity?


Answer for Tree Planting

Answer for Tree Planting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Through my tree planting programme, I will be supporting the planting of a wide variety of tree species.

Species selection is made by partners applying for grant-funding and the suitability of these species is confirmed by the grant-awarding panel which comprises representatives from the Forestry Commission and the London Tree Officers Association.

The guidance provided by the GLA requires that applicants should follow the 'right place right tree' principle, which has been developed by the Forestry Commission in partnership with the Woodland Trust and others. This addresses issues such as resilience to pests and diseases, suitability for difficult urban environment, as well as species and varieties that are beneficial for wildlife.