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Celebrate London Tree Week 2013

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The annual week-long celebration of London's leafiness runs from 11-18 May

Celebrate London Tree Week 2013 The annual week-long celebration of London's leafiness runs from 11-18 May.

Better Bankside is joining in a series of events and activities to support London Tree Week 2013, the first annual week-long celebration of London's leafiness running from 11-18 May.

Better Bankside has planted more than 200 trees across the Bankside district over the last 5 years through the Bankside Urban Forest and is now supporting The Mayor of London’s RE:LEAF programme to raise awareness of the importance of trees and canopy cover to London.

The activities planned over London Tree Week include an exhibition at City Hall highlighting many of London’s great trees including the native Black Poplar, the History Trees of the Olympic Park, Yarn bombing of trees outside the Garden Museum, walk and cycling of the Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Trail and walk in the woods events from The Tree Council .

Better Bankside will host a forest foray around Bankside Urban Forest and has some great prizes for its photography competition and tree quiz:

• A FOREST FORAY: Join in at 12.30pm on Wednesday 15th May 2013 for a guided walk through Bankside Urban Forest to learn about Bankside’s projects and to hear how trees have played a part in helping shape the area. Spaces are limited and booking is essential.

• COMPETITION: Win a copy of the Union Street Urban Orchard Book. To enter, just photograph your favourite tree in Bankside Urban Forest and send it to Better Bankside vb [at] betterbankside.co.uk or via Twitter @banksideforest by 5pm Friday 17th May. The winners will be drawn at random from the entered photographs.

• MORE PRIZES: Win a copy of It’s Time for Trees from Barcham Trees. To enter, please answer the following question: What are the top ten trees most commonly found in Bankside Urban Forest? (*Hint: You may find it helpful to look in Green Infrastructure Audit report to answer this question). E-mail your answer to vb [at] betterbankside.co.uk by 5pm on the 17th May 2013 to be put into a draw.

There are over 2000 trees in public and private spaces across the Bankside area. Bankside’s neighbourhood benefits from a rich network of smaller pocket parks, many of which are expertly maintained by local green space charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust. Bankside still lacks larger open and green spaces and involves projects such as Bankside Urban Forest, and the Mayor of London's RE:LEAF initiative to play a part.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Maintaining London's trees and greenery is essential to preserve our status as the world's best big city to live, work and do business. It’s great to see Bankside, a hugely popular part of the capital, embracing the spirit of London Tree Week and encouraging businesses and residents in the area to get involved."

If you would like to know more about London Tree Week and the full schedule of events, visit http://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/london-tree-week or search for #LondonTreeWeek on Twitter.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Bankside is London’s cultural district: a thriving and vibrant central London location on the River Thames with the famous Borough Market and Tate Modern at its heart. The district also offers superb transport links, including the major rail hubs of London Bridge, with Waterloo close by. www.visitbankside.com

Better Bankside exists to make Bankside a better place to work, live and visit. It aims to improve the quality of the area and enhance the competitiveness of its businesses. It is a company owned, funded and led by employers in the Bankside area of London. Visit www.betterbankside.co.uk for more information. Get social with Better Bankside on Twitter @BetterBankside and www.facebook.com/BetterBankside

Bankside Urban Forest brings new life and uses to the outdoor spaces of Bankside. It’s about making Bankside a better place to live, work and visit.  It is a strategy for enhancing public spaces - including streets, pavements, squares and parks - in the Bankside area between the riverside and Elephant and Castle.    It is co-ordinated by Better Bankside on behalf of a wider partnership of public, private and not for profit partners including Southwark Council, Tate Modern, Design for London, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Cross River Partnership, the Architecture Foundation, Bankside Residents’ Forum, Land Securities and Native Land. Web: www.banksideurbanforest.org.uk  Twitter: @banksideforest

The Mayor’s RE:LEAF partnership launched in January 2011 to create opportunities for Londoners, businesses and local communities to help protect London’s trees and increase London’s trees cover, helping to meet the Mayor’s target to increase tree canopy cover in the capital by five per cent by 2025. For more information on RE:LEAF partners visit: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/environment/greening-london/re-leaf-

For press enquiries, please contact: Rafal Kwiatkowski Senior Consultant, Grayling Future Planet Direct: 020 7592 7930 Mobile: 07720 084 100 Email: rafal.kwiatkowski [at] grayling.com

Created May 9 2013