The Council is planting 100 new trees for Hackney’s parks
Council staff and volunteers have been busy planting trees across Hackney's parks, and are on target to plant 100 new trees by the end of March as part of the Mayor of London’s Community Tree Planting Grants scheme.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville and Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks Councillor Feryal Demirci took part, planting a new black pine (Pinus nigra) tree at Haggerston Park, one of eight new trees being planted there.
Clapton Common, Daubeney Fields, Hackney Marshes, Haggerston Park, Millfields Park, Shepherdess Walk Park and Springfield Park are amongst 11 sites receiving a variety of trees.
The planting includes native trees such as English oak, field maple, birch and elm, which are particularly beneficial for urban wildlife, as well as selected non-native trees such as walnut, zelkova, black pines, and giant redwoods .
The Council’s Arboricultural Officers view this increased diversity as important, making the borough’s trees more able to cope with climate change and the arrival of new pests and diseases, as well as increasing canopy cover and air quality.
Trees provide an amazing range of benefits for the community in Hackney and we have a commitment to plant 1000 this term and I am proud that we as a Council are able to continue planting trees in the face of financial pressures. The trees we plant today will provide a healthy, beautiful environment now and for generations to come.
The planting is supported by the Mayor of London’s Community Tree Planting Grants scheme, which provided £23,418 towards the cost of the project.