Camden is awarded Tree City of the World for second year running
Camden has once again been awarded the ‘Tree Cities of the World’ designation by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Arbor Day Foundation, following its previous success in 2019.
The Tree Cities of the World vision is to connect cities around the world in a network dedicated to sharing and adopting the most successful approaches to managing urban trees and forests. The programme celebrates those that meet core standards for the care and planning of urban trees and forests.
“For Camden to receive Tree City of the World status for a second consecutive year is testament to the hard work the council has been putting into maintaining and improving our tree stock and coverage across the borough.
“We have been commended for planting almost 650 trees during the 2019/20 planting season, and have set our sights on planting at least 600 trees this season, of which over 200 will be in new locations.
“It is exciting to know that as of this week, we have already planted 400 trees, of which 120 are in new locations.
“The extra greenery trees provide in Camden is not just a pleasure to look at – the climate emergency means we need more trees in order to help keep our city cool. And of course they help soak up air pollution and carbon.
“Many of the trees in borough are situated in Camden’s parks, which have been a lifeline to residents during lockdown. We are committed to keeping our parks and open spaces thriving now and into the future, and trees are an essential part of this.”
Trees provide multiple benefits to a city when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighbourhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.
- Trees planting in new locations have been funded through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, HS2, Section 106 and council transport projects, such as Brunswick Square and dockless bike hire stations.
- You can find out more about Camden’s trees at: www.camden.gov.uk/trees
- You can find out more about Trees for Cities at: www.treesforcities.org