Trees added to Cleveland Street – Fitzrovia Forest – University of Westminster – Opposite BT Tower
Tree planting in Fitzrovia continues with the recent addition of two silver birch trees outside University of Westminster‘s Cavendish Campus on Cleveland Street. The trees arrival marks the University’s 175th anniversary, an important milestone in institution’s history while contributing to the greening of another area of our neighbourhood. Planting more trees on Cleveland Street has proved especially challenging due to the extent of subterranean infrastructure under its pavements.
The trees’ arrival was celebrated at a ceremonial planting on 20 March 2013, with one of the trees being planted by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoffrey Petts, and the other by Students’ Union representative, Tarik Mahri. Peter Ruback, Chairman of Westminster Tree Trust, spoke to gathering stressing the commitment the Trust has had to green the streets of Westminster – in particular those in East Marylebone. This was the first tree planting at any of the University’s Central London sites in recent years.
The idea of the Cleveland Street tree project was inspired by the W1W Tree Planning Initiative, which has planted hundreds of trees in the area as part of the Fitzrovia Forest project in East Marylebone. The neighbourhood is acknowledged to suffer from high levels of environmental deprivation. Westminster City Council part funded this project, which was delivered in coordination with the Westminster Tree Trust, W1W Tree Planting Initiative and DEFRA’s Big Tree Plant campaign. We are especially grateful to Westminster Council’s Arboricultural Department for the wonderful support they provided to the project.
These trees are in addition to the many that have now been planted around the Cavendish Campus of Westminster University. This endeavour has been part of concerted action to improve the local area with trees and the creation of a new pocket park at the north of Great Titchfield Street.