He said: “Our children will never see a full grown Elm Tree in the same way that we did, but hopefully, thanks to work like this, our grandchildren will.” These new Elm trees are resistant to Dutch Elms disease which depleted our stock in the 1960s with bark-boring beetles.
In June Professor Lord Winston was guest of honour for the tree ceremony in New Cavendish Street. He said “Trees do so much silently. One tree will use about two to four kilos of carbon per year. 49 of these trees will mitigate against one person’s entire carbon footprint”.
Now the W1W initiative aims to continue these efforts in East Marylebone and Fitzrovia. Holcroft Court is one of the areas in line for improvement. And, as this building is set back from the road, it provides a unique opportunity to create a green space that offers a healthier and more productive communal space.
In the past, trees were not really considered worthwhile. Now that opinion is changing. Trees increase the value of property by between five and 15 percent, and a mature tree by as much as 27 percent. Whilst giving character and a sense of place, trees are also the high-rise guardians of the urban environment. Plus there is also evidence that trees help to lower stress and illness levels. All these hidden benefits will not only help the present generation, they ensure that we have fulfilled our obligation to future generations.