Ian Weinfass, Senior reporter
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Havering will be getting greener thanks to the Mayor of London, after new funding was granted by City Hall.
Boris Johnson has announced that around 100 new trees will be planted in the borough this spring.
They are part of his plan to plant 10,000 new saplings in residential areas by 2015 and to increase tree cover in London by five per cent by 2025.
The Mayor said they will help to improve local air quality, reduce flood risk, providing shade and offering a haven for wildlife.
He added: “Street trees deliver a whole host of benefits for Londoners helping to improve the look and feel of neighbourhoods as well as making the capital a more attractive place to live and invest in.
“My first 10,000 street trees are a flourishing success and I am delighted to announce this latest crop of areas to receive funds for more trees by spring-time.”
The exact locations of the planting in Havering is yet to be decided.
The next round of applications for the street tree initiative will open in spring 2013.
It is open to all London boroughs and private landowners who own or manage public realm (including businesses and registered social landlords).
It is also open to voluntary organisations and community groups working with boroughs and private landowners.
For more information or to apply for a grant under the street tree initiative visit: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/greening-london/releaf-london/msti