The Greening of West Marylebone

In June 2011, inspired by the forest of trees being planted on the eastern side of Marylebone High Street, a group of us decided to form the West Marylebone Tree Initiative.  Our aim is to encourage tree planting to the west of the High Street. We’re part of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, but we will focus solely on our local area which lies between Oxford Street, the Marylebone Road, Edgware Road and Marylebone High Street.

Over the next few years, we hope to gradually green up the most heavily polluted areas in West Marylebone, starting with Crawford Street (Phase 10) and the remaining treeless section of Gloucester Place (Phase 11).  In order to do this, we’re working closely with our local councillors, Westminster City Council, the Portman Estate, the Marylebone Association and Westminster Tree Trust.

Existing and proposed locations for new trees in West Marylebone

Key to our success has been the support of the Portman Estate.  They’re generously helping in this work, although the streets we’re targeting are outside the Estate’s boundaries.  The Estate covers the southern section of West Marylebone. Significantly, they too are undertaking a program of tree planting on the Estate.

The West Marylebone tree walk with Paul Akers of Westminster''s Tree Section was held on 17/09/11 It was organised with the helpful support of the Marylebone Association

As part of our campaign to raise awareness of the pleasures of living with trees we’ve organised a West Marylebone Tree Walk with Paul Akers on Saturday 17 September where you can learn all sorts of weird and wonderful arboricultural facts. The cash raised is going towards trees in Crawford Street – see Marylebone Association Events www.marylebone.org/events

The local tree walk was organised with Paul Akers and the Marylebone Association was most informative and enjoyable

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

Crawford Street

    

The response to planting Crawford Street has been amazing.  Everyone from local residents to small businesses have got behind the idea of raising money to plant more trees along this busy street.  They will link up with the four olive trees planted near the junction of Seymour Place.  WCC will be survey the street this autumn and up to 39 trees will be planted in the 2011-2012 planting season which runs from late autumn to early spring.

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree in Crawford Street, just click the  icon below to download a donation form.

Crawford Street Tree Sponsorship Form

All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

Gloucester Place

We’re targeting the last unplanted section of Gloucester Place, which runs from the junctions of Salisbury Place and Bickenhall Street to just beyond the Crawford Street junction.

No trees mitigate the impact of heavy traffic here on Gloucester Place

This unloved section of the Olympic Route is heavily polluted and currently quite unpleasant to cross.  The plan is to link up the avenue of Chanticleer pear trees that have already been planted on the Northern and Southern ends of the street.  WCC will survey this section of Gloucester Place in the autumn and up to 15 trees will be planted in the 2011-2012 planting season.  We’re currently looking for sponsors to support our work here.

London 2012 Olympic Route Map identifying the Gloucester Place tree planting area

If you’d like to donate money towards planting a tree in Gloucester Place, click the icon below to download a donation form.

Gloucester Place – Phase 11 – Tree Sponsorship Form

All contributions, large or small will help us achieve our goal.

Looking south down Gloucester Place where chanticleer pear trees have been proposed

If you have a street you’d like planted in this section of Marylebone or would like to help, please contact Sybil Kapoor at sybilkapoor@btinternet.com

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