Now Mayor Khan takes an axe to his tree-planting programme
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has effectively cried “Timber!” to his promise to plant 2million trees along the capital’s roads.
Promises of more street trees are not being met
Such is the pressure on Transport for London’s budgets that it no longer has a dedicated amount of money set aside for planting trees along its extensive road network around the city.
Reports published in the past week from the Office for National Statistics and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, confirmed that street trees make a significant contribution to the removal of pollutants from the air, helping to reduce the damage particulates can cause to people’s health.
In 2015, before he was elected as Mayor, Khan made a pledge to have 2million trees planted across the capital in his first term, “focusing around our schools”, he tweeted.
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