Ealing Council has recently launched the “Brilliant Trees of Ealing” campaign, inviting residents to join in celebrating and recognising the borough’s most magnificent and inspiring trees.
Councillor Deirdre Costigan, Ealing Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for climate action, said: “Trees are essential to our existence. They provide us with oxygen, clean the air we breathe, stabilise the soil and provide sustenance to our local wildlife. They also create shade, bring amazing displays of colour to our streets and help boost our mental health .
“In a word, trees are brilliant, and our ambitious programme of planting 50,000 more trees is helping create an ‘urban forest’ for us all to enjoy. “With this new campaign, we want you to help us celebrate the best, the most beautiful and the most brilliant trees in your neighbourhood.”
As part of the campaign, residents are encouraged to nominate their favourite trees via Ealing Council’s social media channels or by emailing a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “BRILLIANT TREES.” The nomination should include the resident’s name, the tree’s location, and the hashtag #BrilliantTrees. The council will regularly feature selected trees on aroundealing.com and its social media platforms.
Ealing Council takes pride in the health of its trees and conducts health checks every three years by trained arboriculturists. A dedicated leaf-picking team also helps the street cleaning crews during the autumn months to manage leaf fall effectively.
The borough’s parks have also received recognition for their beauty and management, with 26 of them being awarded Green Flags, the highest achievement for well-managed parks and green spaces in the UK and around the world. Ealing Council has been actively planting trees since 2018, and its ambitious biodiversity action plan aims to increase the tree canopy in the borough by 25% by 2030.
The council ensures that new tree planting is carried out thoughtfully, considering the impact on the surrounding area. Additionally, Ealing participates in the national street tree sponsorship scheme “Trees for Streets,” allowing residents to get involved by sponsoring a new street tree near their homes or in their neighbourhoods.