Trees for Cities join Big Tree Plant and win Rotherfield award

The government's Big Tree Plant scheme has been launched by Defra, with Trees for Cities as a partner.

The Big Tree Plant is the first government tree planting campaign since the 1970s. It aims to plant one million trees in urban areas over the next four years.

Trees for Cities chief executive Sharon Johnson said: "We are thrilled to bring our 17 years’ experience to the Big Tree Plant. It is great to see the government make a priority of getting more people to plant trees in their community."

"Trees for Cities places importance on consulting the people who will benefit from the plantings, which will be in some of the most deprived urban areas in England, we even ask them to come along to help us plant the trees themselves.

"Because children will be encouraged to go out and play, adults will have a green space in which to exercise and relax, these are community areas and the community should be able to help create them."

Meanwhile, Trees for Cities has won this year's London Tree and Woodland Award for the 'Most effective project connecting schools with London's trees and woodlands' for its Edible Playground project at Rotherfield School in north London.

This project transformed a tarmac area of playground into a fruit and vegetable garden and woodland garden, which now teach children about where food comes from.

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