Celebrate London Tree Week 2013 with us from 11th-18th May 2013
Did you know that through Bankside Urban Forest, Better Bankside has planted more than 200 trees across the neighbourhood over the last 5 years? Pehaps you'll be surprised to hear that there are over 2000 trees in public and private spaces across the area. That all adds up to a lot of green cover.
It is, but there is plenty more that we and our partners can be doing to help green Bankside. Our neighbrourhood benefits from a rich network of smaller pocket parks, many of which are expertly maintained by local green space charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust, but Bankside does lack larger open and green spaces. That's where projects like Bankside Urban Forest, and the Mayor of London's RE:LEAF initiative can play a part.
The Mayor of London recognises the importance of trees and canopy cover to London, and the Greater London Authority, its partners and many London based organisations are running a series of events and activities over London Tree Week between 11th and 18th May 2013 including an exhibition at City Hall highlighting many of London’s great trees including the native Black Poplar, the History Trees of the Olympic Park.
Here at Better Bankside we're doing our bit for the week long festivities. We've organised a few tree-themed events and activities to whet your appetite, so read on to take part in the celebration of Bankside's trees:
1. A FOREST FORAY! Join us at 12.30pm on Wednesday 15th May 2013 for a guided walk through Bankside Urban Forest to learn about our projects and to hear how trees have played a part in helping shape the area. Spaces are limited and booking is essential.
2. COMPETITION TIME! We have three copies of the wonderful Union Street Urban Orchard Book to give away during London Tree Week. All you have to do is photograph your favourite tree in Bankside Urban Forest and send it to us via twitter @banksideforest by 5pm Friday 17th May. We'll draw three winners at random from the entered photographs.
What are the top ten trees most commonly found in Bankside Urban Forest?*
*Hint: You may find it helpful to look in our Green Infrastructure Audit report to answer this question.
vb [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: London%20Tree%20Week%20Tree%20Quiz!) (E-mail) us your answer by 5pm on the 17th May 2013 and we'll put all the correct answers into a draw.
London Tree Week - the annual week-long celebration of London's lefafiness runs from 11-18 May. If you would like to know more about the week and the full schedule of events see the London Tree Week website or search for #LondonTreeWeek on twitter.