Trees For Cities

Generation Tree

This campaign will enable and inspire a new generation to plant and protect urban trees. It will improve access to green space, boost wellbeing and mental health, tackle the climate emergency, clean the air in schools and deprived communities and empower young people and future generations.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1032154)

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Championed by The EQ Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • 'We need to inspire a new generation of individuals and organisations to pick up the mantle for planting and protecting urban trees, making our towns and cities greener, healthier and wilder places to live.’

    — David Elliot CEO of Trees for Cities

  • “Makes us feel like we’re doing something to tackle climate change. So important for my daughter to understand how to care for the environment in a real-life situation.”

    — Local Volunteer - Community Volunteer Planting Event

  • “It gives us an opportunity to get involved and make changes on a local scale. It helps me with my mental health and reducing stress”

    — Local Volunteer - Community Volunteer Planting Event


Every day, the UK loses 50 urban trees due to development, disease, or ageing. Combined with the mass deforestation since the industrial revolution has left the UK with only 13% of its landmass having canopy cover, one of the lowest in Europe. Over 80% of the UK’s population now live within towns and cities, and it is the most deprived communities that are hit the hardest by the lack of green infrastructure - only 8% of schoolchildren in urban communities have access to green space.


Trees benefit everyone, cleaning our air, improving mental health and wellbeing, masking noise, absorbing greenhouse gases, providing shade and protection against the ‘urban heat island effect’ and mitigating flood risk. We work with the urban communities that we serve to support people in planting, protecting and promoting urban trees. Our school programmes work to give inner-city children access to healthy food and the opportunity to grow their own while learning about where food comes from.