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Great Portland Street Tree Donations

01 December 2009

The Portland Hospital helps Great Portland Street grow into a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.

The Portland Hospital is pleased to have played a part in the recent sponsorship of the ‘W1W Tree Planting Initiative’; A scheme which has been developed to improve the streetscape of Great Portland Street in order to make it a more pleasant place to live, work and visit. The first batch of trees pledged by the local residential and business community have 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 The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; assisted by Tim Rollinson, Director General, Forestry Commission Alisdair Douglas, Chairman, The Tree Council Mark Field MP, Cities of London & Westminster; and Julian Maslinski, Chairman, Westminster Tree Trust.

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, including The Portland Hospital.  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) and plans to widen the road are also being actively considered.

Julian Maslinski, Chairman of The Westminster Tree Trust, spoke to the gathering:

‘Secretary of State, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome and thank you very much indeed for coming. It is most encouraging to see so many people here who either live or work in London W1W and are committed to the planting of trees - as well as a number of other interested parties and well wishers.

Phase 1 of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative, 40 Chanticleer pear trees were planted. In due course, these saplings will grow into mature trees, not only beautifying the area with splendid greenery, but also promote bird life, improve air quality, help to reduce noise in a heavy traffic corridor and provide shade from the summer sun to pedestrians – in other words helping to create an even more pleasant place to live, work and visit within the built environment.

For further information on the progress of the W1W Tree Planting Initiative please visit www.w1w-trees.spaces.live.com

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