As part of Ethical Reading’s Sustainability programme, we’re mobilising Reading-based businesses to help make our town greener, literally, through our Trees for Reading initiative. This will enable Reading to enjoy more of the many benefits urban trees can bring.
Trees in towns and cities create a haven for wildlife, improve air quality and lock away carbon. They help to cool the air in summer and absorb heavy rains. They also create a better ambience, helping to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of people who live and work nearby.
Funded by a single business
Funded by the local business community
Funded by the people of Reading
Funded by the Urban Tree Challenge Fund (Forestry Commission)
Trees planted in 2019-20: 8
Trees planted in 2020-21: 20
Trees planted in 2021-22: 51
If you’re involved with a local school and think there might be space on the grounds where we could plant some trees, we’d love to know about it.
Schools could also be very powerful in helping us get the word out about Trees for Reading. Imagine if all the pupils at your school wrote to the employers of their parents or guardians letting them know about the initiative and suggesting that they might like to contribute.
If you’d like to talk about your school getting involved, please email us at [email protected].
In response to feedback, we’re also accepting smaller donations from individuals, to build up a community tree-planting fund.
We planted our first community-funded tree in February 2019 outside Reading Town Hall, in association with Brighter Futures for Children, to help children in care feel Rooted in Reading. In 2021 we planted three trees in honour of people who have lost their lives to Covid-19 and other respiratory conditions.
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