Creating amazing places for all people to live, work and visit
We will install a substantial number of trees throughout the Grosvenor Estate, bringing residents together to plant and feel connected to nature. The trees will be in their own planter, large enough for under planting by local residents, taking an active part in ongoing gardening groups. Trees strengthen the distinctive character of an area and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used to bring groups together for activities like gardening and bird watching, for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure. Planting trees for birds as part of a bird-friendly landscape will help attract a wide variety of species to our Urban Forest. Trees are an essential part of bird landscaping and trees can meet all of the birds' needs for food, water, shelter, and nesting sites. Trees and shrubs provide food and shelter for local wildlife and give the Urban Woodland seasonal interest throughout the year. From cascades of blossom in spring to a blaze of autumn leaf colour.
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Why it's a great idea:
The installation of an urban wood will enhance the urban landscape, provide habitat for both birds and insects and help with pollution. As well as giving more planting opportunities for local residents both young and old to participate in gardening activities. Trees give us oxygen, store carbon, give life to the wildlife and canopies act as a filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air. They also provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise. Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure drops, your heart rate slows and your stress levels come down. Trees absorb carbon dioxide helping slow global warming, reduce wind speeds, cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C. Trees host complex microhabitats, offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi.
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About the space
City of Westminster
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