Trees for Cities, which started as Trees for London, undertakes valuable work in promoting community tree planting schemes. The MPGA works closely with the London group on matters of mutual interest, including encouraging young people to consider careers in practical arboriculture.
In addition, the MPGA is involved with the following Londonwide annual events:
The London Open Squares Weekend, which is organised by the London Historic Parks Gardens Trust, is supported by the MPGA. The weekend has become a major event in the London diary as it enables the public to visit almost 160 of London's secret gardens and squares.
London in Bloom was initiated by the London Tourist Board in 1967. Starting with a small number of local authorities, all 33 London boroughs have participated in recent years. The MPGA contributes towards administration, as well as sponsoring the Champion of Champions Award.
PROJECTS RECENTLY SUPPORTED
Over the years the MPGA have participated in a wide range of projects, many involving communal gardens and open spaces, highlighting their importance to the heritage of London and aiding urban regeneration. A good example is the renovation of the Green at Streatham. This scheme, which helped to raise awareness of the area generally and lifted the profile of the local shopping centre, was awarded the London Spade in 2005.
The Association keeps a watchful eye on the preservation of common land and open spaces to ensure that these areas are maintained according to their original remit. Green spaces, wildlife and the maintenance of nature reserves are very important to London and recent examples of the MPGA's involvement are planting along the River Wandle in the Borough of Sutton and at the Burgess Park Nature Reserve shown below.
Other ventures where MPGA funding has helped range from The Shooting Star Children's Hospice, where trees were planted along the boundary, to the refurbishment of several memorial gardens and churchyards such as St Luke's Church, West Norwood. In addition, the Association has over the years provided park benches for a wide number of projects, most recently at Gordon Square and Brunswick Square.
Another project with which we are involved is 'Planting in the Playground', a joint scheme with the London Children's Flower Society. This is aimed at primary schools in London which do not have gardens. We provide free seeds and advise on planting and care for the growing of vegetables in containers and raised beds. The 2013 Planting in the Playground Trophy winner was Crownfield Junior School in the Borough of Havering, to whom we offer our hearty congratulations.
The Maughan Library of Kings College, London
Funded work to mature trees
The British Library Garden (Poet's Corner) at St Pancras
Funded the purchase of four Judas trees.
Tate Library Gardens in Brixton
Prompted action for Centenary Planning
Clapham Common Bandstand restoration
Contributed towards relandscaping of the surround
Burgess Park Nature Reserve, Southwark
Contributed to planting scheme
Dr. Johnson's House Museum restoration,
City of London, Funded reinstatement of raised bed