Mayor of London funds 200 new trees in Brent

Boris Johnson is aiming to bring colour and breath new life into the borough

Brent has come top of the pile in a list of borough’s set to benefit from hundreds of new street trees.

The borough has been given funding for 200 new trees, putting it in the top two of the 19 London Boroughs included in the plans.

The Street Tree Scheme, which strives to bring colour and breath new life into areas in need, is being delivered in partnership by Groundwork London, the Forrestry Commision and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Under the scheme, community groups and charities can apply for funding from a pot of �1.7m to plant the trees.

Recipients work with the community to identify areas where local people most want trees.

Explaining the benefits, Mr Johnson said: “Street trees deliver a whole host of benefits helping to improve the look and feel of neighbourhoods as well as making the capital a more attractive place to live and invest in.

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“I am delighted to announce this latest crop of areas to receive funds for more trees by spring-time.”

The next round of the Mayor’s street tree initiative will open for applications in spring 2013.