Tree-mendous fun at Shadwell Gardens

Posted on Friday 27th October 2017


Shadwell Gardens estate now has 10 new trees thanks to a partnership initiative between Tower Hamlets Homes and the charity Trees for Cities.

On Wednesday 25 October local residents came together to plant Italian Alder, Lebanese Wild Apple and Paper and Gold Birch trees which were chosen to add colour throughout the year, whilst maintaining clear views of the area around the trees themselves.

The project has been funded by New World Payphones with Trees for Cities maintaining the trees for the first three years, ensuring that they stay healthy and protected. Trees for Cities aim to plant one million urban trees, in cities like London, by 2020.

On the day more than 30 local residents, including children and their families, helped to plant the trees, digging the holes, putting mulch at the base and attaching protective cages around them. THH and Trees for Cities staff were on hand to help out and answer conservation questions posed by residents.

Clare Ruston, Environmental Services Officer and project lead at THH said:

“A huge thank you to residents who took part in the tree planting with such enthusiasm. With the help of local people we can turn our unused spaces into fantastic green spaces and give children the chance to learn how trees can brighten up urban spaces, making the area a nicer place to live.”

David Elliott, CEO at Trees for Cities, added: “Trees are one of the most vital elements of liveable and healthy cities, but our cities’ tree stocks face multiple risks and threats. We are delighted to partner with Tower Hamlets Homes and New World Payphones to plant 10 new trees on Shadwell Gardens estate to benefit future generations.”

If you’d like to see more trees in your neighbourhood and have suggestions for new tree planting locations you can email


Posted on Friday 27th October 2017