A new phase of tree planting in Lambeth got underway on Tuesday as part of the council’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Project.
Environment charity Trees for Cities will plant 300 new trees across the borough this year, taking the number planted in Lambeth over the last 12 years to well over 2000.
Lambeth’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Project involves consulting residents about what improvements they would like to see in the streets in which they live – more than 80% have identified more trees as a priority.
Council leader Lib Peck and Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, joined School children from nearby St Stephen’s School to help plant the first tree of the new phase of the project in Heyford Avenue, Oval.
Cllr Hopkins said: “This is a wonderful project that will help make Lambeth a cleaner and greener place to live.
“Trees make a big difference to the urban environment – they provide a connection with nature and give people pride in their neighbourhood.
“There are hundreds more still to be planted and I’m looking forward to seeing them transform our borough’s streets.”
The street trees will include Ornamental Plum and Pear, Birch and Indian Bean and will be planted in Clapham, Coldharbour, Ferndale, Larkhall, Oval and Vassall over the coming months.
The trees will increase canopy coverage, improve air quality and create green neighbourhoods, which are safe and friendly to live in and travel down.
Sharon Johnson, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lambeth to supporting local neighbourhoods by planting 300 street trees.
“These trees will make a huge difference in Lambeth and in 20 years’ time the area will have an incredible urban green forest for local residents to be proud of.”