Entries are now open for this year’s London Tree and Woodland Awards, challenging people to capture London’s trees and woodlands through poetry, prose, photography or posters

London Tree and Woodland Awards

This ‘Creative Award’ forms part of the RE:LEAF initiative, which is now in its fourth year. Led by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the initiative aims to protect the capital’s trees and woodlands – and encourage individual Londoners, businesses and organisations to plant more trees in the capital.

The Forestry Commission’s Regional Director for London, Ron Melville, said: “London’s trees and woodlands are loved by those who live and work in our capital city. They make our streets more attractive and offer shelter from the sun, as well as providing a long-term habitat for wildlife, reducing pollution and helping to mitigate against climate change.

“These awards recognise those organisations, individuals and schools that help to improve London through their dedication to trees and woodlands.”

This year’s categories are:

  • The Communities Tree and Woodland Award – for the most innovative tree and woodland project involving local communities
  • The Street Tree Award – for an exceptionally successful street tree project in 2011
  • The Tree Council’s Trees and Learning Award – for good practice in planting trees by young people or raising awareness and understanding in schools or with youth groups
  • Grant Scheme project over the last three years, chosen by the Forestry Commission
  • The RE:LEAF ‘Acorn’ Award – for exceptional success and dedication of an individual to trees and woodlands in London
  • The RE:LEAF Creative Award – for an innovative and creative piece of work which promotes the value of trees to London and Londoners.

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday 28 October 2011, and the Awards will be presented at an evening reception on 1 December in the London Living Room at the top of City Hall.

Details on the awards, categories and how to apply are available on the Forestry Commission website.

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