Every penny raised will be invested into our local community green spaces. We will regenerate unloved and under-used urban spaces by planting trees and creating thriving mini-forests.
A variety of woodland planting and hedging will increase bio-diversity and provide more natural habitats for wildlife. Our aim is for the mini-forests to become a sanctuary for birds, hedgehogs and bats.
We will create places for people to sit and opportunities to learn about how trees grow and the importance of increasing canopy cover in our urban city. Local school children will be able to visit the woodland areas to engage with nature during forest school sessions.
Islington Clean Air Parents (ICAP) is crowdfunding to plant 200 trees in and around Islington. The trees are coming from Forest for Change, an art installation in the courtyard of Somerset House, taking place in June 2021 as part of the London Design Biennale.
After June, those trees will need a forever home, and there is now an amazing opportunity for individuals, businesses, and community groups to adopt one or more of these trees, and secure their legacy in Islington.
The trees will be planted in spaces including parks, schools and housing estates and will increase greenery and reduce air pollution in our Borough, which has the least natural space in the UK.
Each tree will cost £150 to bring to Islington, which includes transport, ground preparation and initial maintenance. From the Autumn they will be taken into the care of Islington Council's tree team.
An individual, family, group, or organisation can sponsor a tree for £150 and it will be named on the Islington Forest for Change map, celebrating its sponsor and your contribution to Islington. You can even dedicate it in the name of an individual or organisation.
Your sponsorship will enable a tree to find it's forever home in Islington, and support our planet and local environment.
We are working closely with Islington Council on this project and identifying locations for the trees. We would like to invite you to share possible locations in your neighbourhood that could benefit from more trees. Please email us at [email protected] with your suggestions.
For more information and stories about the trees please visit our website www.islingtoncleanairparents.co.uk and follow us on twitter @air_parents