On April 4th 2019, local Housing Association EastendHomes welcomed Trees for Cities along with 80 volunteers to enhance the green spaces on St George's estate in Shadwell with new plants, trees and shrubs. Trees for Cities is the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities.
Their recent efforts on the St George’s estate complements Tower Hamlets' wider plan to improve green spaces for local residents by addressing air quality and improving quality of life. Among the species of flowers planted were Corncockle, Scarlet Pimpernel, Corn Chamomile, Cowslip and many more.
Rory Field, Corporate Partnerships Director at Trees for Cities, said:
“Trees for Cities is proud to be working in partnership with EastendHomes, and residents. We’re delighted to bring our staff and volunteers along to St George’s estate. Corporate volunteering opportunities like this are a great way of understanding the need and value of improved green spaces, and play an active role in bringing these to life.”
Jim Ford, a resident of St George’s Estate said:
“It’s a joy to see so many enthusiastic volunteers adapt so fast and enjoy the tasks. By revitalising spaces on our estate, residents can now enjoy a greener and healthier environment to live in. With over 70% of us predicted to live in cities by 2050, projects like this are vital in ensuring our cities are better places to live.”