Emma Hill from Trees for Cities talk about the vital work being done in urban tree regeneration.
Trees for Cities has a goal - to transform every bleak urban landscape into a flourishing green space and make trees as much part of city life as buildings or buses. By working closely alongside residents in local communities, we design, create and grow beautiful healthy spaces that make life that much more enjoyable for all city dwellers. Our projects tackle climate change in cities, improving local air quality and providing habitats for urban wildlife.
With our dedicated army of volunteers we are planting a rich legacy of green spaces in estates, parks, new urban woodlands and school playgrounds. We’re even working to make sure all our city streets are lined with trees.
Teaching about the importance of trees is at the heart of what we do. We open kids’ eyes to the natural world on their doorstep. Our education programme covers a broad mix of topics devised to engage and entertain while our hands-on workshops prove that facts can be fun. We also run training programmes to provide much needed skills for the green workforce. Our tree courses include climbing, aerial rescue, chainsaw and felling. We also train people up in horticulture and how to best manage a green space.
Trees are our mission – whether they’re on the corner or the other side of the world. As well as out tree planting projects in UK cities, we have a growing number of international schemes. Communities in Kenya, Peru, Ethiopia and Bolivia are working with us on a range of projects from fruiting orchards to reforestation of deserts. Proving that our passion for trees knows no boundaries.
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