London may be a beautiful city but, like anywhere else, it has room for improvement. And one area the Mayor of London is focusing on is making London greener, cleaner and healthier. So he’s working with the Woodland Trust to give away a whopping 24,000 trees to Londoners.
Not only do trees and greenery look lovely, but they make London a better, more attractive place to live. So we can make our gardens and communal areas more Instagrammable and healthier at the same time!
And better yet: it’s free to take part in this mass-tree planting. Each Londoner who enters the ballot will be in with a chance to be sent two free trees to plant in their garden and watch grow over the years.
The trees being given away are field maple and birch – both of which are easy to plant and great for wildlife. So even your housemate who managed to kill a cactus will be able to grow two new trees without much effort. The trees will be sent out in specially packed boxes detailing everything you need to know about your new green-leafed friends. Then, sit back and watch them thrive, while knowing you’re doing your bit to improve the city at the same time.
Plant them both in your garden or give one to a friend. The trees will arrive in time for the Mayor’s tree planting weekend which takes place the first weekend in December. This is the best time of year for trees to settle their roots in their new home, before it gets too cold out and the ground hardens.
The Mayor of London’s plan is to make London a National Park City where more than half of the city is green.
There are already an impressive eight million across the urban forest but the addition of thousands more trees will help to make our city even greener than before.
To enter the ballot for your free trees, just follow the link here. You have until 5th November. And then, if you’re successful, you’ll receive your new trees through the post from the Woodland Trust and then you can go ahead and plant them!
The 24,000 free trees for Londoners to plant at home are being delivered in partnership with the Woodland Trust and Sainsbury’s. These trees are being given out in support of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which is an initiative to mark The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and conserve indigenous forests across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries for future generations