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Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Would the Mayor provide a breakdown of the types of trees planted since 2016

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Since May 2016, I have funded the planting of 175,000 trees, more than the previous Mayor planted over two terms. This month I announced plans to plant a further 95,000 trees this winter.

My funding has supported tree planting in every London borough. These trees have been planted through a range of programmes delivered in partnership with local authorities, environmental organisations, community groups, schools and Londoners.

The type of trees planted in individual projects is primarily a decision for delivery partners and landowners. We provide advice on species choice in line with Forestry Commission guidance on choosing “the right tree for the right place”, taking in to account factors such as size, soil type and allergy risk.

Example species planted through my programmes include: field maple, rowan, cherry, silver birch, hazel, hawthorn, oak, beech, apple, hornbeam. The size of trees planted also varies across projects, from smaller saplings (whips) for woodland creation schemes and tree giveaways, to larger trees (standards) for public realm trees and park planting.