Ambitions to plant more trees in East Marylebone received a big boost recently with the news that we received a grant of £10,000 from The Big Tree Plant Campaign. These monies supplements a £25,000 S106 contribution for trees that will come from the Ex-Middlesex Hospital redevelopment project which was confirmed in March 2012.
The main aim of The Big Tree Plant funding scheme is to encourage and support community groups to plant trees in neighbourhoods where people live and work.
The W1W Tree Planting Initiative and Westminster Tree Trust have been working in close cooperation with Westminster City Council’s Tree Section to see more trees are planted in the area. This three way partnership aims to plant trees in East Marylebone/ Fitzrovia as part of the Fitzrovia Forest Project. A match funding model, in operation since 2008 has been crucial for the success of this project.
The Fitzrovia Forest project hopes to plant approximately 220 trees in East Marylebone/ Fitzrovia. Supporters believe these trees will make a striking environmental improvement to local streetscapes. New trees will give cohesion to disparate buildings, add resplendent greenery and encourage biodiversity – bird and insect life.