10,000 New Trees For Merton

In one year, Merton Council is planting 10,000 new trees in the borough to increase our tree canopy, our biodiversity and to help mitigate the effects of climate change. 

We are aiming to increase our tree canopy by 10% by 2050, which means planting new trees and ensuring we look after the trees we currently have. This is part of a new tree strategy for Merton. 

Planting 10,000 new trees in Merton from March 2022 – March 2023 will make it one of our biggest tree-planting years ever. 

Increasing tree canopy is at the heart of Merton Council’s vision to help make our borough greener, cleaner and more resilient and welcoming place to live.  

This work has been made possible by new partners and over £75,000 worth of external investment to ensure our new trees become established and continue to grow for years to come.  

Thank you to our partners: 

The Queen’s Green Canopy – under the initiative, 3,000 trees were planted to mark the Queen’s Jubilee and every child born in the borough in 2022, and commemorative trees were planted in each of Merton’s 20 wards to commemorate the Queens life and reign. 

The Urban Tree Challenge – part of the Government’s Nature for Climate Fund, it will see more trees planted in a further 28 parks across Merton.

Trees for Cities Urban Tree Planting Fund – a community woodland planted on Cranmer Green with over 6,000 whips planted and 12 standard trees along with underplanted woodland bulbs and wildflower meadows.

Trees for Streets Tree Sponsorship Scheme – supported by Mayor of London, will allow individuals and businesses to sponsor street tree planting in Merton using an online portal. 

We are also grateful to Merton’s Tree Wardens who dedicate so much of their time to help our trees thrive. The Tree Warden Group Merton is a voluntary group that works closely with Merton Council’s arboriculture officers. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer tree warden should contact enquiries@treewardensmerton.org.uk