Partners and Projects
The Greater London Authority
The Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority are firmly committed to maintaining and enhancing London’s trees and woodland as a vital part of the environment of Greater London. Trees and woodlands are good for Londoners, good for visitors to London, and good for business in London. The London Tree and Woodland Framework shows us why, and tells us what we should do to maximise their contribution to London’s quality of life.
Climate change is the most pressing environmental, social and economic problem facing the planet. The consequences of climate change are global, long-term and in some cases, already irreversible. To tackle climate change in London, the Mayor has launched his Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation strategies.
The London office of the Forestry Commission works to support tree and woodland management in the Greater London area. They work in partnership with a range of national, regional and local bodies to promote and secure the benefits which trees and woodlands offer to London. These benefits include a place for recreation, a place to observe wildlife, a source of woodland products and a contribution to the landscape whether this is in local woodlands or in parks and residential streets.
Natural England is the statutory agency that works for people, places and nature to conserve and enhance biodiversity, landscapes and wildlife in rural, urban, coastal and marine areas. Natural England’s London region supports and promotes a range of policy and practical initiatives that seek to enhance the ecology of London’s wildlife sites and greenspaces, and help Londoner’s to connect with the city’s natural environment.
The Tree Council
The Tree Council promotes the planting and conservation of trees in town and countryside. It is an umbrella body for 150 organisations working together for trees, and a forum for tackling issues relating to trees and woods. National Tree Week (21st November - 2nd December 2007) is the most established, largest and best known annual tree planting celebration in the UK. For years, Londoners have been playing their part in greening their environment by planting trees close to where they live, work, study and spend leisure time. For further information and events, go to www.treecouncil.org.uk or phone the infoline on 020 7940 8180.
Royal Horticultural Society
Established in 1804, the Royal Horticultural Society is dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Their goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.
Forest Research - the research agency of the Forestry Commission - is one of the world’s leading centres of research into woodlands and forestry. Their scientists carry out research into many aspects of forestry and land use including how woodland ecosystems respond to environmental change. This enables them to better predict species survival and growth and so develop practical guidance on how best to adapt to forthcoming climate changes. Forest Research prepared the underlying database of the characteristics of tree species that will be suitable for the predicted climatic conditions that London and other urban areas will experience for the rest of this century.
Trees and Design Action Group
The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) is a multi-disciplinary body of professionals and organisations who share the collective vision that trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations by influencing the planning, design and construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces. The group has come together under the London Trees and Woodland Framework and is undertaking the preparation of planning, construction, management and design guidelines as an information resource for all those involved in urban design and development.
Trees for Cities
Trees for Cities is an independent charity set up (initially as Trees for London) to work with local communities on tree planting projects. Their aim is to tackle global warming, create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community, education and training initiatives in urban areas of greatest need. They host the Capital Woodlands Project.
London Tree Officers Association
The LTOA represents local authority Tree Officers in all 33 London Boroughs, and provides an information network for the exchange of views, experiences and ideas on trees. The Association dates back to 1982, aims to enhance the management of the Capital’s trees and woodlands, and is currently hosted by the London Borough of Camden.
The Woodland Trust is a UK charity dedicated to the protection of our native woodland heritage. They manage 4 woodlands within Greater London.
London Wildlife Trust
London Wildlife Trust is a membership charity, based in the communities of London, that works to protect London’s wildlife for the future. They aim to achieve this through campaigning, community involvement, land management, communication and education. London Wildlife Trust has over 40 nature reserves, and is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts forming a nationwide network of local nature conservation charities.