Join in the Tree-Athlon and help bring more trees into our cities
The benefits of trees have been well-documented, ranging from mitigating the negative effects of pollution and climate change, to softening the urban landscape and creating a healthier environment for all. One place where trees are needed more than ever is in our cities. With eight out of every 10 people predicted to live in cities by 2050, it is vital that we understand what is happening to our urban forest.
Independent charity Trees for Cities is attempting to tackle the issue of our disappearing canopy by planting trees in cities . They have various projects going on across the world. Along with planting trees, the charity seeks to achieve greater biodiversity, volunteering opportunities and natural play experiences to the area.
One area in which they have managed to do this was Goodmayes Park in the London Borough of Redbridge. The borough has a population of 270,500 and suffered from pockets of high-level tree deprivation. It was even ranked as being one of the 10-20% most deprived wards in England.
The project created new urban woodland in Stevens Field in Goodmayes Park, an area previously described as a ‘green desert’ with very few interesting features. Working with the council and in consultation with the local community, Trees for Cities created an ambitious design for planting over 12,000 trees which created different zones for activities such as foraging, natural play and biodiversity. The project is one of many and shows that it is possible to bring large numbers of trees into urban areas and that through community engagement trees they can be integrated into the local population.
Of course, projects like Goodmayes cost money as well as time. As an independent charity, Trees for Cities relies heavily on donations from individual and corporate supporters. This weekend the trust will be holding its annual Tree-Athlon at Battersea Park. Along with the 5km fun run, there’s a chance to take part in the 100m barefoot world record attempt. There’s live music, food and fun activities planned as well. All funds raised by Tree-Athletes go towards planting trees in cities where they are most needed.
If you can’t make it on the day, Trees for Cities have also launched a Virtual Run app which means that people can use their iPhone to take part in the run wherever they are. They will be able to see Battersea Park on their phone as they run through it. At the end of the run, app sponsor 37 Degrees Fitness will automatically give a donation to Trees for Cities.
The Tree-athlon will be taking place on Saturday 15th September in Battersea Park
Find out more about Trees for Cities and the Tree-athlon at www.treesforcities.org.ukTagged in: charity, climate change, fun run, Tree-Althlon, trees, Trees for Cities
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