Hackney Labour continues to fulfil its 2018 Manifesto Pledges plus plus plus!

In November the Council announced the largest street tree and mature parks tree planting programme in the country, with the aim of delivering 30 per cent on-street canopy cover and an additional 1000 mature parks trees by 2022.

“We’re now delighted to announce, following an agreement I’ve negotiated with @TreesforCities and working with @TM_Hackney, that in addition to the 6000 trees above, we’ll be delivering a minimum of 30,000 additional trees (albeit saplings and mid-sized specimens) between now and 2022,” says Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport, and Public Realm.

“The trees, volunteer coordination, and aftercare are free; we just supply the sites.”

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Cllr Burke added: “And this month (February) as part of the latest pledge, we’ll begin planting a new 6,500 tree edible woodland on the East Marsh at Hackney Marshes.”

The new woodland will promote biodiversity, capture carbon and encourage people to find out about foraging.

If every local authority in the UK was matching Hackney’s level of ambition for tree planting and green infrastructure, we would plant close to 15 million trees by 2022, and as Hackney is one of the smallest council areas in England, there’s scope to go even further.

Cllr Burke emphasised: “Tree planting is by no means the complete answer to the climate emergency, and that’s why Hackney is decarbonising everything from the waste system to emissions from motor vehicles, but nature-based solutions to global warming can make a huge difference. We have the trees, we have the land, now we just need the leadership.”

Some turning points in the greening of Hackney:

June 2019 – passed a #climateemergency motion.

Nov 2019 – announced the largest street parks tree programme in the country, at a cost of £3.8m.

Dec 2019 – announced a further 30,000 trees by 2022. Total of 36,000 trees for Hackney between now and 2022. Feb 2020 –

Feb 2020 – planting begins on Hackney Marsh – all welcome!

David Elliott, Chief Executive of Trees for Cities, said: “We are extremely excited to be working with Hackney Council and the Tree Musketeers to create this edible woodland, which will enhance local biodiversity, help in the fight against climate change and air pollution, and will provide local communities with a range of healthy produce to forage for years to come. The leadership that the local authority is demonstrating around trees and green infrastructure is setting a new benchmark that hopefully other authorities will aim to match.”

Christine Kings, Chair, Tree Musketeers, said: “We love the idea of planting a new edible woodland which is the next step on from our community orchards. We’re really happy to bring our scores of enthusiastic and skilled volunteers to take part in this.”

The new edible forest in Hackney Marshes is set to be planted in East Marsh, and will not impact on any of the spaces used for sport and recreation.

Check out local media coverage:

Council promises three football pitches worth of new trees in two years





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