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Plant Trees for Cities in the UK

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Help improve cities by planting trees!

City trees clean the air, provide carbon sinks, and make the cityscape more beautiful. They also create needed habitat for urban wildlife -- including migrating and local songbirds -- not to mention a safe haven from people, dogs, and cars.

But cities, especially in bustling inner-city and commercial locations, are seldom planned in a way that preserve or protect their trees. City trees are cut down to make way for new buildings, or because they are old, or to improve a view. The loss of each tree creates a void where beauty, cleaner air, and a vibrant micro-habitat once existed.

For over a decade, Trees for Cities (TFC) has been working with local communities to plant and maintain city trees. TFC's goals are to tackle global warming, create social cohesion, and beautify cities through tree planting, community education, and training initiatives in urban areas of greatest need.

To change the way we think about trees, TFC has created its Edible Playground program, connecting inner-city youth with nature.

You can help. Your donation through this Gift That Gives More™ plants 15 trees in the UK, helping re-green England for city-dwellers, for urban and migrating wildlife, and for generations to come.

Report from the Field
August 2014

SDHSfire Thanks to YOUR support, in 2013, Trees for Cities planted 10,000 new trees in the UK! 5,000 of the trees were planted to create new urban woodland at Leafield in Birtley, which was previously an open access grassland. Trees were selected for site suitability and species chosen include Hazel, Hawthorn, Rowan, Birch, Goat Willow, Wild Cherry, Oak, Crab Apple and Holly. We have also planted 200 whips at the Old Fire Station in Swalwell, a former brown-field site and 300 on a grassland site in Blaydon which previously had limited use and value. Species planted were Snowy Mespilus, Buddleja, Native Dogwood, Broom, Rosa Rugosa, Golden Dogwood and Guelder Rose.

In February 2014, Trees for Cities planted a new woodland of 8,000 trees at Broadmead Recreation Ground in Woodford, Redbridge. The new trees have created a native broadleaved woodland along the eastern boundary, adjacent to Winn Brook that has transformed a green desert into a thriving community resource. As well as supporting biodiversity in the area, the newly planted trees will augment the River Roding green corridor. Your continued support helps Trees for Cities plant more native trees throughout London, improving the community, air quality, and habitat for urban wildlife.

TFC's projects are located throughout Greater London, in Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, manchester, the Midlands, Nottingham, Reading, and Sheffield. Some of these locations are recovering from localized natural disasters, such as a hurricane in Brighton years ago and a disease killing many of the trees in Manchester.

Trees for Cities works with local communities on tree-planting and landscaping projects. Its aim is to tackle global warming, create social cohesion and beautify cities through tree planting, community education, and training initiatives in urban areas of greatest need.

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