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Tiny urban forests for East London

More than 2,500 trees have been planted in East London by energy firm UK Power Networks, as part of a new project to help speed up the transition to Net Zero.

From News & press - 26 August 2021 12:00 AM

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The firm that keeps the power flowing across London, the South East and East of England has teamed up with Trees for Cities to create tiny urban forests that will offset air pollution and help the environment.  

Across sites in Hackney Marshes and Barrington Playing Fields in Ilford, a total of 2,669 trees have been planted to offset environmental impact and it’s estimated that the trees will grow to last for at least 100 years.

Different varieties of trees have been chosen, that are great at removing carbon emissions from the air, and blend well with the natural urban surroundings. Trees for Cities will be monitoring and managing the sites. 

Mark Norman, environment risk and sustainability manager at UK Power Networks, said: “These pockets of trees will grow to become tiny urban forests to help clean the air in a busy part of the capital. We are pleased to support such initiatives in the community while we also working to reduce carbon emissions from our own operations. We have a Green Action Plan which includes improving biodiversity at electricity substation sites, and have recently had our carbon reduction targets verified by the Science Based Target Initiative.” 

Rory Field, corporate partnerships director at Trees for Cities, said: “Our towns and cities benefit in so many ways from trees. It is a pleasure to be working with UK Power Networks, which recognises the multiple benefits trees provide to us all, including improving air quality. Whilst we would never double count, these trees will also be sequestering CO2 emissions, providing a home to thousands of species and sub species, can mitigate noise pollution and surface flooding and they help make us all healthier and happier.”