Peabody plants over 4,000 trees for National Tree week

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Over 120 local school children from St Margaret Clitherow School, Waterways Children Centre, Woolwich Poly ‘The Bridge’ and Windrush Primary School joined us to plant over 4,000 trees for National Tree week last year. The children planted 500 trees during their one-day planting session, doing their part to help combat climate change as well as planting trees for future generations to enjoy.

We've secured £32,000 of funding from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community Grant to plant trees in Thamesmead as part of the Mayor’s work to increase London’s tree canopy by 10% by 2050 and maintain London’s status as the world’s first National Park City. The trees will be planted across three locations in Thamesmead - Birchmere Park, Southmere Park, and Crossway Park Orchard.

National Tree Week, 23 November to 1 December; is a national campaign to mark the start of the winter tree planting season. Peabody invited the schools and community groups to get their hands dirty and help plant the trees which will create more biodiversity and have a positive impact on the environment.

Desiree Shepherd, Public Realm and Landscape Manager for Peabody said:

“Thamesmead is incredibly green. It has already has around 30,000 trees and 350 acres of open green space, which is an amazing natural asset for the local community. This funding gives us an opportunity to work with local communities to help us shape the landscape. It is the first time we are able to put back so many trees and I am particularly excited about re-establishing the fruit Orchard in Crossway Park. We’ll be clearing up the Orchard and plant additional fruit trees. North-West Kent Countryside partnership is working with us to help educate local groups like the Ridgeway Users Group on how to manage and look after the Orchard so they can enjoy fresh seasonal fruits.”

With the support of Kat, our Gardener in Residence, the project will use tree planting to help educate local school children and the local community about the environmental benefits.

We also run the ‘Making Space for Nature’ forum which aims to inspire the local community to get involved and improve the green spaces within Thamesmead. If you would like to know more or join the forum please contact Jack Gower on [email protected]