Tower Hamlets has been awarded ‘Tree Cities of the World’ status. The award celebrates dedication to urban and community forestry, tree-planting, and biodiversity.
The global programme, is run by Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The project connects Tower Hamlets with 138 cities from 21 countries all over the world.
In the last five years, Tower Hamlets Council has planted almost eight thousand trees across the borough. Trees not only beautify our streets and green spaces but provide important health and environmental benefits to our borough. They contribute to cleaner air and helping to respond to the climate emergency.
Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets commented on the award: ‘Our natural environment urgently needs protecting so that we can all benefit from cleaner air and enjoy our beautiful parks. Our tree-planting programme is a crucial part of this work, both to enhance our streets and green spaces, while also taking action on the climate emergency.’
If local residents are interested in getting involved and sponsoring tree-planting projects in their local communities, please visit the Tower Hamlets Trees for Streets page. These efforts are to encourage residents to care for the environment.