The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) is pleased to partner with and provide a major grant of £120,000 to Trees for Cities for the Generation Tree project.
The Prince of Wales is a vocal supporter of greening our spaces. Speaking on an episode of Countryfile in November 2020, His Royal Highness said ‘It is our duty to plant trees now for future generations to enjoy.’ ‘There are so many opportunities for us to plant more trees, protect green spaces and above all to plant avenues of trees in our towns and cities.’
Trees for Cities is creating a social movement for trees, harnessing the current appetite for urgent transformative environmental change and supporting communities to do something tangible through planting, protecting and promoting urban trees.
The Generation Tree project supports the charity’s strategic national objectives to increase canopy cover whilst tackling urban issues of social equity and justice. Working particularly with young people, the project aims to create a generational shift in attitude towards the environment, empowering the next generation to engage in local volunteering.
The project focused on creating a blend of grassroots and strategic activities to engage and empower local communities to plant trees and green urban spaces; whilst supporting local authorities to ensure a strategic, holistic approach and promote best practice.
Over the last year, Trees for Cities have planted over 12,000 trees in Forgotten Places across the UK, worked with almost 16,500 schoolchildren to establish edible playgrounds and plant trees along school boundaries - creating healthier, leafier environments for children to learn and play and tempting wildlife to the doorsteps of local children.
To learn more, please watch this episode of Countryfile, which features Trees for Cities and a few words from The Prince of Wales.
Find out more about Trees for Cities and their mission to green cities worldwide here.