Branch meeting: parents start to plant ‘micro-forest’

Friday, 29th October 2021 — By Anna Lamche

Tree planting

A PARENT group has started planting a “micro-forest”.

Residents joined Islington Clean Air Parents (ICAP) in Barnsbury Park Road last Friday to plant the first of 200 trees that will form the Islington Forest for Change.

The trees came from Forest for Change, an art installation displayed in the courtyard of Somerset House in June as part of the London Design Biennale.

After the Biennale ended, the trees had to be rehoused, with 200 each going to Southwark and Islington.

Lucy Facer, a founding member of ICAP, said: “This is something that’s going to protect our environment and clean our air. We know that in pockets of forests, air quality is noticeably improved.”

The installation had been designed by artist Es Devlin and Scotscape, a company that specialises in bringing greenery to urban spaces.

Angus Cunningham, managing director of Scotscape, said: “I’m really glad to see that the trees that graced the Forests for Change are now being put to good use and have a found a permanent home in a useful car-free space in Islington.”

Each tree cost £150 to bring to Islington. ICAP have so far fundraised £17,213 to bring the trees to the borough. The council’s tree team will take over care of the trees once they have been planted.

Councillor Rowena Champion, Islington’s Environment and Transport Chief, attended the event along with a number of youngsters, pictured.

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