Merton secures maximum funding from Mayor of London’s Street Tree Programme

Merton Council has secured over £77,000 for new street trees from the Mayor of London’s Street Trees programme to help make the borough even greener.

The money – an expansion of the Forestry Commission’s London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme – means the council will now be able to plant more than 200 new trees in Merton’s designated high priority area which covers parts of Abbey, Lavender Fields, Cricket Green and Colliers Wood wards.

This follows the 47 new street trees that Merton Council successfully secured for residents last year – the first year of the Mayor’s programme.

The council expects to buy the new trees later this month, ready for the planting season which runs from November to March.

The Mayor of London, in conjunction with Merton council, is driving the initiative to get more trees planted in the borough’s streets. The aim is to plant them in those areas which would benefit most from the social, economic and environmental improvements that street trees provide. A panel chaired by Trees for Cities identified the streets to be contained within Merton’s priority area.

Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Mayor of London to secure funding for extra trees in the borough. Trees not only make our streets look more attractive, they are also vital to making the air around us cleaner to breathe. This money will help us expand our existing tree planting programme and continue enhancing Merton’s environment for present and future generations to make London a greener city.’

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Notes to editors

Groundwork London manages The Mayor’s Street Tree Programme. The Mayor of London has committed to funding an expansion of the Forestry Commission’s London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme, as part of his goal to make London a greener city. This will provide 10,000 street trees over the next four years in 40 areas across London that often have no street trees at all. Residents’ groups, community organisations, charities and boroughs can apply for the grants.

Residents and community groups can see whether their street falls within Merton’s designated high priority area by viewing the following link: http://www.london.gov.uk/streettrees/areas/merton.jsp