Tree Planting Initiative for Marylebone – Project Summary

Table data has been updated to reflect additional plantings (July 2016)

The objective of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative is to line the main streets of Marylebone and Fitzrovia with trees. The initiative has proven extremely successful thanks to a strong partnership between the local community – residents and businesses, Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster City Council.   The project planted its first 40 trees on Hallam Street in 2009.  It has since grown with 12 subsequent phases to include a further 34 streets in East and West Marylebone with an aim to add at least 500 trees to the neighbourhood by 2012.   By Spring 2012,  over 600 trees have been planted on our central London streets.

We are delighted to announce that we have surpassed our original goal of planting 500 new trees in Marylebone.  The support and financial contributions we received from all sides to reach our goal have been nothing short of phenomenal.  The funding for the trees was made possible through a match funding scheme with community donations being matched by Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster City Council.  So far over £80,000 has been donated by the local community.

Barbara Windsor and Queen College Preparatory School plant the last new tree planting. on Weymouth St

In June 2011, inspired by the forest of trees being planted on the eastern side of Marylebone High Street, a group of locals decided to form the West Marylebone Tree Initiative which would encourage tree planting to the west of the High Street.  A major effort was also launched in September 2011 to plant trees on ten East Marylebone and Fitzrovia streets in the 2011-12 planting season.

John Simpson Plants the 500the Tree

John Simpson of the BBC and St Vincents School’s Green Team plant our 500th Tree

We have enjoyed a number of community celebrations to mark our progress.  Matthew Wright of Channel 5 TV and the BBC planted the last of 40 our trees on Hallam Street in June 2009.  In November 2010, Barbara Windsor, actress and Marylebone local, planted the last of 53 new pear trees in Weymouth Street.   In April 2011, Alan Titchmarsh, celebrity broadcaster and gardening expert, planted an elm tree to mark the arrival of 48 new trees in Bolsover Street.  And in July 2011, Professor Lord Winston, the eminent scientist and fertility expert, planted the last of 49 chanticleer pear trees on New Cavendish Street.  John Simpson, the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, planted our 500th tree outside Broadcasting House on 17 May 2012.   Forestry Minister David Heath MP planted our 600th tree near Oxford Street almost a year later in May 2013.

Bolsover Street Made Green with Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh helps elm trees arrive on Bolsover Street

The Initiative has benefitted from support from all sides of the community.  We are especially grateful for the generosity of The Princess Grace Hospital and The Harley Street Clinic, The Portland Hospital, Groundwork London (Forestry Commission), The Howard de Walden Estate, The Portland Estate, Ridgeford Properties and The Langham London.  The Weymouth Street phase was also made possible by a generous contribution from Groundwork London through the Forestry Commission’s London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme and Big Tree Plant.  Furthermore, the Initiative was included in the local charity programmes of Sainsbury’s (Great Portland Street) and Waitrose (Marylebone High Street).  The Initiative is especially grateful for the support of Westminster City Council without whom little progress would have been possible.

Motivation for the Initiative is varied and includes the following:

  • improve the quality of life for those living and working in Marylebone
  • provide a visually calming element to an increasingly busy and congested urban environment
  • make the area one of the ‘greenest’ in Westminster
  • encourage walking through our neighbourhood by creating new green pedestrian corridors
  • improve the attractiveness and uniqueness of the area

The arrival of these new trees for Eastern Marylebone marks the first extensive return of trees to the area since these streets were first laid out in the mid 1700’s.  We are also grateful for the enthusiastic support we have received from the members of the Marylebone Association at the organisation’s recent Annual General Meeting.

Great Portland Street Planting

Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; assisted by Tim Rollinson, Director General, Forestry Commission; Alisdair Douglas, Chair of the Board, The Tree Council; Mark Field MP, Cities of London & Westminster; and Julian Maslinski, Chairman, Westminster Tree Trust plant the first new trees on Great Portland Street in November 2009

Our November 2009 ceremonial planting on Great Portland Street coincided with the launch of the UK’s 35th National Tree Week.  To mark the occasion, a celebratory tree was planted on the street by The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; assisted by Tim Rollinson, Director General, Forestry CommissionAlisdair Douglas, Chair of the Board, The Tree Council; Mark Field MP, Cities of London & Westminster; and Julian Maslinski, Chairman, Westminster Tree Trust.

The Initiative has been active to see trees arrive on the following Marylebone and Fitzrovia streets:

Devonshire Street pears 52 2011
Carburton Street birch 14 2012
Great Titchfield Street birch 23 2012
Great Titchfield Street elm 7 2012
Clipstone Street birch 12 2012
Cleveland Street birch 3 2012
Bolsover Street birch 43 2011
New Cavendish Street pear 48 2011
Beamont Street Amelanchier 14 2012
Westmoreland Street Amelanchier 12 2012
Great Portland Street pear 27 2011
Weymouth Street pear 54 2010
Riding House Street pear 3 2012
Berners Street birch 32 2012
Eastcastle Street pear 16 2013
Langham Street pear 10 2012-3
Gildea Street pear 4 2012
Hallam Street pear 43 2009
Duchess Street pear 10 2012
Mansfield Street elm 4 2012
Chandos Place birch 4 2012
Queen Anne Street birch 14 2012
Welbeck Street pear 10 2012
Newman Street tbc 0
Wigmore Street pear 5 2012
York Street birch 6 2013
Gloucester Place pear 10 2012
Crawford Street olive 19 2012
Crawford Street birch 19 2012
Seymour Place gingko 33 2012
George Street elm 28 2013 (WCC)
Brown Street Amelanchier 12 2013 (WCC)
Nutford Place Amelanchier 4 2013 (WCC)
Nutford Place pear 4 2013 (WCC)
Old Quebec Street Koeruteria 1 2013 (WCC)
Seymour Street elm 11 2013 (WCC)
Bryanston Street elm 5 2013 (WCC)
Dorset Street birch 5 2013 (WCC)
Marylebone Street Amelanchier 15 2014 (WCC)
Dorset Street B jaquemontii 2 2014 (WCC)
Nottingham Street B kenaica 15 2014 (WCC)
Wheatley Street P Accolade 2 2014 (WCC)
Luxborough Street Pear 12 2015 (WCC)
Total 667

[WCC:  Westminster City Council sponsored]

Considerable efforts has been made to extend the benefit of the tree lines into the streets of West Marylebone, East Marylebone and Fitzrovia.  This effort was underpinned by the Fitzrovia and East Marylebone Forest concept document published by ARUP.  The document seeks to identify a number of townscape and public realm interventions and to encourage local residents, businesses and organizations to support the implementation of these interventions.  We are most grateful for all the effort put into creating this advocacy document to improve our neighbourhood.

Hallam Street Trees in 2009

The trees on Hallam Street were some of the  first added by the Initiative (2009)

Finally, we would like to personally thank every volunteer who supported our activities and helped us collect contributions for our trees during the many phases of the Initiative.  Without your help we would not have been able to deliver these wonderful results.

All tree planting is subject to local authority survey and consent.

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John Simpson plants Initiative’s 500th tree in Marylebone

“He is more used to war zones than green zones, but BBC’s John Simpson CBE did his bit for the ‘greening of Marylebone’ when he shovelled soil to plant the 500th tree outside BBC Broadcasting House as part of a three-year street tree project for Marylebone and Fitzrovia.”

The world affairs editor was joined by his family, pupils from St Vincent’s Primary School and the newly elected Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Angela Harvey at an event organised by the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, a scheme run by residents, businesses, the Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster City Council.

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Speaking at the event, the 67-year-old BBC world affairs editor said: “In my daily work I see a lot of destruction and cruelty and stupidity – a lot of the destroying of good things of the earth.  To play a part in planting something like this is absolutely marvellous.”

This marked a landmark moment for the four-year W1W Tree Planting Initiative, a partnership between residents, businesses, Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster City Council, to improve the borough streets.  The project received match funding from the Trust and Council with £80,000 being donated by local residents, businesses and organisations.

Westminster Lord Mayor Angela Harvey with three Councillors Alan Bradley, Harvey Marshall and Jonathan Glanz who supported the project since its inception.

In her first official engagement as Lord Mayor Councillor Angela Harvey, a former Chairman of the Go Green Task Force at Westminster City Council, remarked on the achievement of getting the 500 trees planted in Marylebone prior to the Olympics — just as locals had originally hoped.  Moy Scott, Vice Chair of Westminster Tree Trust, who spoke to the gathering, mentioned how pleased the Trust was with this result.  The text of Moy’s speech may be accessed here.

Recently the W1W Tree Planting Initiative received a big boost when the Big Tree Plant campaign provided a grant of £10,000 to support further tree planting in East Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

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2012: Scores of New Trees Planted in West Marylebone

11 June 2012 – Giorgio Locatelli planted an elm tree outside his eponymous restaurant on Seymour Street (by Portman Square) in celebration of the 119 new trees being planted in West Marylebone early 2012.  The planting took place in the presence of The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Angela Harvey and Moy Scott, Vice Chair of Westminster Tree Trust.

By Spring 2012, we had the pleasure of seeing trees planted on Crawford Street, Gloucester Place, Bryanston Street, George Street, Seymour Place, Seymour Street and  Wigmore Street in Marylebone.

We are most grateful for the generous support this campaign has received from local residents and businesses, The Portman Estate and Westminster City Council.

LOVE OF TREES – by Tony Frazer-Price

West Marylebone celebrates with the Lord Mayor Cllr Angela Harvey and Giorgio Locatelli the planting of 144 new trees in the neighbourhood

I got involved with the West Marylebone tree project by way of Sybil Kapoor whose amazing enthusiasm got our tree fever vision off the ground.

I certainly can’t lay claim to the five hundred trees that are now planted around Marylebone but just those that now line Crawford Street. The target was 39 trees with birches either end of Crawford Street and olive trees  in the middle section to match the thriving olive trees that were planted outside Clarewood Court a few years ago.

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Sybil and I found great enthusiasm for the idea of olive trees and birches abounding the pavements of Crawford Street and there were twenty-one donations from businesses,mansion blocks and individuals who gladly gave over £5,000 so that they could be part of the tree heritage that will grow and grow.

In West Marylebone we are now blessed with trees and I even got involved in a tree planting ceremony – there’s a first for my CV – with the Councillor Angela Harvey, the Lord Mayor of Westminster and Giorgio Locatelli when a tree was planted outside his restaurant.

Crawford Street street scene in Spring 2012

Time to reflect on the comforting reality that as we and our families put down roots in this lovely area of London so do our trees. They will keep on growing and prospering as well as be there for all to enjoy for years to come.  Now that the Westminster Tree Trust has started this initiative I hope, that in years to come, not only will residents continue to enjoy our trees but ensure that others grow alongside them.


Tony Frazer-Price

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Fitzovia Community Centre Launched – Commemorative Tree Planted on Berners Street

Fitzrovia locals recently celebrated two positive developments in the neighbourhood.  The first good news was the opening of the Fitzrovia Community Centre — a new hub for local activities with an emphasis on increasing social cohesion.  The second news item was the good progress being made with the Fitzrovia Forest – a project to plant street trees across the neighbourhood.  approximately 140 new trees have now been planted on area streets since the project’s launch.

Mark Field MP and Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr. Dr.Nemeth plant the Ceremonial Tree on Berners Street

Mark Field MP and Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr. Dr. Cyril Nemeth plant the ceremonial tee on Berners Street on 15 June 2012 in celebration of the opening of the Fitzrovia Community Centre

Commemorative Plaque for the opening of the Fitzrovia Community Centre on Berners Street in July 2012

Both successes were celebrated with the ceremonial opening of the Centre and tree planting on Berners Street  by Cllr Dr Cyril Nemeth, Deputy Mayor, City of Westminster and Mark Field MP for the Cities of London and Westminster.   Edward Turner, chair of the new Fitzrovia Community Centre, along with many well wishers were present at the ceremony.

Moy Scott, Vice Chairman of the Westminster Tree Trust, spoke to the gathering of local residents and school children and remarked that the Trust’s had ambitions to plant over 220 trees here.

Fitzrovia Forest Area of Interest 2012-3 — Big Tree Plant

We are optimistic that this Fitzrovia Forest target may be reached; especially now that a grant from the Big Tree Plant campaign has been received and other financial contributions have been confirmed.

Fitzrovia Forest / East Marylebone Trees — 2012 Update

Great Titchfield Street 18 trees planted

Berners Street 21 trees planted

Cleveland Street – 3 trees planted

Carburton Street~16 trees planted

Bolsover Street48 trees planted

Clipstone Street -14 trees planted

Total:   140 trees planted

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Big Tree Plant grants £10,000 to Fitzrovia Forest project

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 Big Tree Plant Grant Application

The Initiative has long sought funding for more trees in Fitzrovia and East Marylebone

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.

Grant Area Outlined
Map: Fitzrovia Forest Vision Document (Feb 2012)

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 biodiversitybird and insect life.

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Fitzrovia Forest Vision Document Now Updated

The latest version of the Fitzrovia Forest document has just been released by ARUP and may now be downloaded from the link below.  A number of recommendations made by local stakeholders and the community have been incorporated in this draft.  An earlier version of the report was released in November 2011.

The purpose of the report is first and foremost to support tree grant applications for Westminster’s side of Fitzrovia.  The document’s also seeks to identify a number of townscape and public realm interventions and to encourage local residents, businesses and organisations to support the implementation of these interventions.   Camden Borough Council have similarly been preparing an Area Action Plan for their side of Fitzrovia.

Westminster Tree Trust – the W1W Tree Planting Initiative supports tree planting in Fitzrovia to balance its contribution to the streets of Marylebone.  The Initiative applied for a grant from The Big Tree Plant to assist the development of the Fitzrovia Forest in March 2012.   The updated Fitzrovia Forest document was included in the application package.

To download the current East Marylebone / Fitzrovia Forest document please click  here or on the image below.

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Trees picket Marylebone Road pollution

The W1W Tree Planting Initiative has been in contact with Transport for London (TfL) seeking to mitigate the environmental impact of traffic of the Marylebone Road and Euston Roads on our neighbouring area.

Relentless traffic on the Euston Road heavy traffic as seen from Cleveland St

The Initiative has been working to implement a Central Marylebone Green Grid in the area between Edgware Road and Tottenham Court Road.  By the end of Spring 2012, the Initiative expects to have planted 500 trees in the area — many of these are within the boundaries of the Clean Air Fund corridor.

Map NO2 Pollution from traffic around Marylebone and Westminster

Tree planting in Marylebone mitigates the impact of road pollution in our area

We hope that TfL will help fund further planting of trees along neighbourhood roads that are most impacted by the pollution of the Marylebone and Euston Roads.

Potential streets that could be planted – within 50 yards of the Marylebone Road:

1. Lisson Grove
2. Seymour Place
3. Harewood Avenue
4.  Upper Montagu Street
5.  Balcombe Street  from Marylebone Road up to Dorset Square
6.  Gloucester Place- South of Marylebone Road
7.  Gloucester Place- North of Marylebone Road
8.  Baker Street
9.  Allsop Place
10 Chiltern Street
11. Luxborough Street
12. Nottingham Place
13. Cleveland Street – west side of street

Further details regarding this development will follow.

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Help build the East Marylebone & Fitzrovia Forest Concept

The latest draft of the Fitzrovia and East Marylebone Landscape and Public Realm Visioning Plan  is now available for review and comment.   Join in so that our streets and public areas provide a better space for everyone in our neighbourhood.

Fitzrovia Forest / East Marylebone Green Vision (Now Updated)

Fitzrovia and East Marylebone are currently experiencing a great deal of change due to a number of significant redevelopment proposals, an increased residential population and a changing local economy.   Whilst these developments are being proposed, the physical condition of the areas’ streets and open spaces need further attention and a strategic approach to create a more unified and attractive public realm and landscape.  It is important that the neighbourhood takes advantage of good public realm design guidance that now exists.

East Marylebone / Fitzrovia Forest Vision Map

Westminster Tree Trust – the W1W Tree Planting Initiative supports tree planting in Fitzrovia to balance its contribution to the streets of Marylebone.   Informal advice received regarding possible tree grants for Fitzrovia stressed that it would be advantageous to show the tree project within the context of the City Council’s recently updated Public Realm Strategy.

A view of southern Fitzrovia – Newman St. Facing North from Oxford St.

ARUP were approached as they are global leaders in Urban Design with local knowledge and as they had previous experience of drafting tree planting proposals.   ARUP were gracious enough to complete this study entirely on a probono basis because they were extremely supportive of local tree planting efforts.   Arup surveyed the area and applied Westminster Public Realm Strategy to what they saw to create the draft consultation document.

Fitzrovia's Open Space Deficiency Westminster Map

Fitzrovia’s Open Space Deficiency Mapped Out (WCC Trees in the Public Realm)

The purpose of the report is first and foremost to support tree grant applications for Westminster’s side of Fitzrovia.   In order to be as inclusive as possible, the document has been put out for comment from the wider community.   Subject to comments received, the document will be revised and then used to support further tree grant applications.   It is hoped that this may inspire the wider transformation of the public realm within the study area.


Document:  download link address


Tree Planting Celebration on Marylebone’s New Cavendish Street

On Friday 21st October, Ambassador Nicola Clase took part in a tree planting ceremony outside the Swedish Residence to mark the Embassy’s sponsorship of a tree through the Westminster Tree Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the environment in Westminster through an extensive tree planting scheme in cooperation with Westminster Council.  The tree is one of over 50 chanticleer pear trees that now line the length of New Cavendish Street.  The local community again played a very enthusiastic role in the greening of this historic Marylebone Street.

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Proposal made to complete Marylebone central tree grid by 2012

The Initiative has made a  proposal to Westminster City Council to plant seventy trees on nine Marylebone Streets during 2011-2012.   The resulting tree lines will complete our work on the Central Marylebone Green Grid.   Fund raising from the local community has now begun in earnest in order to help achieve this goal.

Tree planting map 2011-12 in Marylebone

Proposed 2011-12 tree planting in Central and East Marylebone

The Marylebone Green Grid and Fitzrovia Forest in London wide context

The streetscape of this area is mostly treeless and of a hard-built environment deprived of much open public space or greenery.   Within this area there are numerous educational buildings including various nurseries, schools, colleges and university facilities along with a number of churches and a synagogue.

The streets to the east and north of BBC’s Broadcasting House are within this scope of this planting scheme.  Furthermore, two hospitals are located on streets where plantings have been proposed.

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For more information to how to support this endeavour by making a donation to Phase 7 or 8 of this tree planting project, please click on the icon below.

Phase 7 Tree Sponsorship Form

Phase 8 Tree Sponsorship Form

Marylebone streets included in Phase 7 and 8 of the Initiative include:

Langham Street, Gildea Street, Hallam Street (south end), Marylebone Street, Beaumont Street, Westmoreland Street, Duchess Street, Queen Anne Street, Mansfield Street.