Trees for Cities – a UK non-profit which works to improve lives by planting trees in cities – is working with energy firm UK Power Network, which supplies power to London, the South East, and East of England, as part of a project to help speed up the transition to net-zero. The electricity distributor and Trees for Cities have planted more than 2,500 trees in East London – creating tiny urban forests that will offset air pollution and help the environment.
“These pockets of trees will grow to become tiny urban forests to help clean the air in a busy part of the capital,” said Mark Norman, environment risk and sustainability manager at UK Power Networks. “We are pleased to support such initiatives in the community while we are also working to reduce carbon emissions from our own operations.”
Different varieties of trees have been chosen, for their efficiency at removing carbon emissions from the air, and blend well with the natural urban surroundings. It’s estimated that the trees will grow to last for at least 100 years. Trees for Cities will be monitoring and managing the sites.
“Our towns and cities benefit in so many ways from trees. It is a pleasure to be working with UK Power Networks, which recognises the multiple benefits trees provide to us all, including improving air quality,” said Rory Field, corporate partnerships director at Trees for Cities. “Whilst we would never double count, these trees will also be sequestering CO2 emissions, providing a home to thousands of species and subspecies, can mitigate noise pollution and surface flooding and they help make us all healthier and happier.”