On the 11th July 2017, London City Hall hosted the awards to celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover.
Journalist Adam Shaw conducted the awards ceremony and marvelled at the fantastic range of winners. Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy, welcomed everyone to City Hall and confirmed there will be a £5M Mayors Tree programme to support people and projects like those who have won tonight; further details will be announced this summer.
Sir Harry Studholme (Chair of the Forestry Commission) congratulated everyone in London for their hard work and highlighted the connection between people and trees. 17 year old Timo Bracht gave a talk on Plant for the Planet, which has planted 14 billion trees in 130 countries and aims to plant a trillion trees across the world.
The aims of the awards are to:
- Celebrate the work of individuals, communities and professionals to protect, improve and expand the capital’s tree and woodland cover
- Inspire others to manage trees and woodlands, and plant more trees
- Raise the profile of London’s trees / woodlands and the need for management
Craig Harrison, Forestry Commission London Manager said: “The Awards help raise awareness of the fantastic work taking place in London. I hope they inspire others to plant and manage trees that help ensure the capital remains one of the most attractive cities in the world to live and invest in”
For full details of the awards, click here to download