The first batch of trees pledged by the local residential and business community has now been planted in Great Portland Street. This coincided with the launch of the UK’s 35th National Tree WeeK and a celebratory tree planting in the street by Mark, Hilary Benn MP, Julian Maslinski of the Westminster Tree Trust, Alisdair Douglas of the Tree Council and Tim Rollinson, Director of the Forestry Commission.
The planting took place in front of a large crowd of well wishers and local school children from Portland Place School.
Over 20 trees have been pledged for the street by the local community. With generous support from Westminster Tree Trust and Westminster City Council, tree lines will now progress along the entire length of the street from Great Portland Street to New Oxford Street (subject to local authority survey and consents).
The community is focusing its efforts so that trees finally arrive in Weymouth Street and then also find a home in both New Cavendish and Devonshire Streets. Furthermore, it is hoped that a further stage for Bolsover Street will be announced very shortly.