Lambeth Council urged to help fund 300 new trees in Streatham
A community action group has won half the funding it needs to plant 300 trees in Streatham - and hopes Lambeth Council will match it.
The Streatham Trees Coalition has been awarded £67,500 from the Mayor's Street Tree Initiative to help combat air pollution.
Cherry, hornbeam, field maple, dawn redwood, eucalyptus, rowan and silver birch trees will be planted all over Streatham if another £67,500 is raised.
Anthony Ellis, chairman of Streatham Business Association, launched the campaign after getting fed up with discussing trees at community meetings.
Mr Ellis, who also took three months off work last year to run Greyhound Lane Carnival, said: "Not everything is the responsibility of the council.
"The council would never have raised the funding if we hadn't found half of it first."
He added: "People need to get involved with community associations."
Lambeth Council said they have the majority of the extra funding, but Mr Ellis is also crowdfunding to help Streatham reach its target.
Locations for new trees have been nominated by councillors and residents, although the exact sites won't be confirmed until the council has surveyed each area.
Dave Paul, tree officer for the council, said: "I certainly support the initiative. We need more funding for trees in Streatham."
You can donate to the Street Trees Initiative here.
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