A number of tree planting and protection projects in London have been recognised by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the annual RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards. The projects are designed to boost green infrastructure and improve air quality. They include revitalising neglected woodland around Bromley and protecting trees in Southwark during housing estate regeneration.
The awards are part of London’s first ever Tree Week which ran from 11th to 18th May which supported community groups, businesses and individuals who have ‘promoted and enhanced the conservation and management of trees and woodlands in London over the last year’. Created by the Mayor’s RE:LEAF partnership, Tree Week has been designed to get Londoners involved in looking after their local trees and woodlands. Events during the week included workshops on orchard planting, free tree health demonstrations in Hyde Park, ancient tree trails and woodland walks.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Trees and greenery are essential to maintaining London’s status as the best big city in the world. They provide shade, improve air quality and make London a more attractive place to live, work and do business in. Thanks to the tremendous hard work of thousands of volunteers, community groups and local businesses the capital is getting leafier by the year.” The Mayor’s RE:LEAF programme aims to create opportunities for Londoners, businesses and local communities to help protect London’s trees and increase the capital’s tree cover from 20% to 25% by 2025.
Across London, the UK and internationally, through the use of Air Quality Assessments, REC’s Air Quality Consultants work to ensure communities are not exposed to poor air quality, as well as controlling emissions to acceptable levels. REC undertakes dispersion modelling assessments to help protect sensitive receptors such as schools, hospitals and residential areas from high pollution levels and associated health effects. This includes specification of vegetative screens to help mitigate pollution levels and protect air quality.