Blue Peter gardener supports tree-planting initiative in London

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins has helped celebrate the completion of a major tree initiative involving thousands of people.

Collins spoke at a conference on 1 December to mark Capital Woodlands, a three-year project supported by £1 million of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over 100 London woodlands, 32 trainees, 1,300 woodland volunteers, over 5,000 schoolchildren and 50 community groups have benefited from the project.

It involved six flagship woodlands, and people tackled community and training work to improve awareness of trees.

The project was managed by Trees for Cities in partnership with the Greater London Authority, Forestry Commission, BTCV, Peabody Trust and the London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Haringey, Merton and Redbridge.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Trees and woodlands play an invaluable role in making London pleasant. I have pledged to plant an additional 10,000 street trees."

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