The greening of Camden

Nothing improves the built environment like large, useful and beautiful trees.  They make streets feel more human and cared for. They provide shade and a place for wildlife and they are one of the best ways to clean our urban air of pollutants and CO2.

Camden enjoys good open spaces but many of our streets and roads have fewer trees now than thirty years ago. Camden could and should lead the way in re-greening all our streets and roads with large trees that can soak up the particulates that clog our air and damage people's lungs and there are species that do just this.

Trees do a job almost nothing else can but they come at a cost. Constructing tree pits that control root spread, managing tree growth safely, sweeping up leaves in autumn all costs money.  We need to see our trees as an asset, not just a liability. No new developments should be allowed without a requirement to plant new, standard size trees.  Streets should have a minimun density of trees and funds built into the budget to maintain the trees throughout their lifetime.

Why the contribution is important

The air quality in London and specifically Camden has, for some years, been far below accepted international standards. A huge mistake was made when the purchase of diesel engines was encouraged. The legacy of that mistake will take years to eradicate.

Our borough is becomming more and more densely populated and the trend is only going one way.

Combined with other sensible measures increasing the number of substantial trees in Camden will improve air quality as well as our physical and mental health.

It is said the best time to plant a tree is 50 years ago. The next best time is today.

by bartholomew1 on December 23, 2017 at 10:03AM

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  • Posted by antihorder January 19, 2018 at 19:36

    Trees are vital and living in Kings Cross I see how few there are here in comparison to the wealthier areas of Camden (like Hampstead). Euston road is one of the most polluted roads in the whole UK so it is even more essential to have trees to improve air quality for everyone (but especially growing children). I managed to get 5 trees planted on my street after campaigning for 3 years. Why I only got 5 at the top end around my block of flats and not the whole street (and surrounding streets) I do not know. It may be an expense but peoples health is priceless (never mind it improves the look of the area too). HS2 will destroy mature trees in Euston (as did the new Kings Cross development). We need these replacing and more!
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