Tree planting by Transport for London (1)

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your answer to Question 2018/1299 where it was stated that Transport for London no longer has a dedicated budget for tree planting, please clarify how you intend to meet proposal 43 of your Transport Strategy of ensuring that street tree numbers on the Transport for London Road Network increase by 1 per cent every year between 2016 and 2025.


Answer for Tree planting by Transport for London (1)

Answer for Tree planting by Transport for London (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The dedicated tree planting budget referred to in Question 2018/1299 relates to the renewals budget used for the replacement of those street trees which have been removed for safety reasons.


The planting of new trees as part of improvement schemes delivers the substantial proportion of the increase in trees stated in Proposal 43 of my Transport Strategy.


Transport for London’s (TfL’s) budget for tree renewals is linked to the pause in proactive road renewals for 2018/19 and 2019/20. However, TfL recognises that it is important to maintain tree renewals to achieve this target. It is investigating a number of options to continue with as many tree renewals as possible during this time, and will monitor the impact this has on the tree stock.