TreeTime, a new scheme which encourages people to donate towards maintaining trees in Edinburgh, has been launched.
TreeTime is a pilot initiative which aims to increase and maintain the capital’s trees by planting large, prominent trees in streets and parks, to plant replacement landmark trees before the old ones die as well as trees in other public places and urban woodlands, new and existing.
Many of Edinburgh’s parks and gardens have trees planted in Victorian times, meaning they are now reaching the end of their natural lives, all at the same time, with the potential for dramatic changes to our landscape over a short period.
It has been calculated that Edinburgh needs to be planting 6,500 trees every year over the coming years to compensate for those we lose and Tree Time Edinburgh aims to work with partners and raise funds to begin planting now.
TreeTime encourages people to donate through a range of packages offered via its website. The packages, which range from £20 to £5,000, will go towards planting more trees in Edinburgh as well as looking after existing trees in the city, with an initial focus on planting more street trees.
TreeTime is led by the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council and The Woodland Trust Scotland.
Launching the scheme at Inverleith Park in Edinburgh, Councillor Cammy Day, Deputy Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “Just last month Edinburgh became the first local authority in Scotland to sign the Charter for Trees, Woods and People and our commitment to protect, enhance, cherish, nurture and increase trees in the city is unwavering. There are already more trees than people in Edinburgh (650,000 trees compared to 513,000 people) and they add enormously to our wellbeing and quality of life. We’ve planted thousands of trees and whips since June 2017 and are determined to keep investing in more.
“However, trees can’t look after themselves – they need us as much as we need them. Unfortunately – and like all local authorities – many of our trees are under threat due to their age, environmental changes and diseases such as Dutch Elm.
“We know our residents are equally as passionate about our trees as we and our partners are and I think Tree Time is an excellent way for people to play a pivotal role in making this city better, healthier and even more beautiful while celebrating a special occasion or commemorating a loved one.”
Image Source: TreeTime Facebook page
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