Tuesday, January 22News For London


Volunteers plant trees as part of city hall campaign

Environment, Food, Specials, Video
London’s newest urban woodland which is being created in Southall in Ealing borough is taking shape. The charity, Trees for Cities  recently organised its second mass planting exercise which brought the total number of trees planted so far on King George’s field to 15, 000. The goal is to plant 20,000 trees along the edge of the park. According to the charity, the woodland will provide a serene atmosphere where locals can relax and also forage. “This woodland is an edible woodland so as these trees grow, local communities [and] the children obviously will be able to come here, pick fruits and nuts and berries. “It will be great for their health, education, for the community itself and wildlife. So it has multiple benefits,” said David Elliott, Chief Executive of Trees for Cit

National Theatre celebrates Disabled Access Day after Ministers confirm cuts to disability benefits

DontUse, Environment
The National Theatre has taken part in Disabled Access Day, a nationwide event that encourages disabled people to visit somewhere they have ever been before. This is the second year for the National Theatre. The National Theatre said of its commitment; “it is designed to make the very best theatre and share it with as many people as possible.” Disabled Access Day, originally celebrated on 27 January but pushed forward this year to 12 March following feedback that January is too cold, came about after Paul Ralph, a powerchair user and Euan’s Guide supporter went to ‘try it out day’ at his local bus company. Paul explained that before this initiative he had not used the bus network in his hometown, as he was unsure how the ramp operated. A number of fellow institutions have j
Aldi UK under pressure to restrict pesticides that are killing off bees

Aldi UK under pressure to restrict pesticides that are killing off bees

DontUse, Environment, Politics
European supermarket Aldi is to phase out the use of pesticide neonicotinoids attributed to killing off bees worldwide. But will Aldi UK follow suit? In recent years, European discount retailer Aldi has expanded its operation with over 600 outlets in the UK with around 20 stores in the Greater London area. Aldi Süd - its German branch - has been the first big retailer in Europe to ban eight bee-harming pesticides from domestic fruits and vegetables produced for their markets. This includes three bee-harming neonicotinoids currently subject to a partial ban across Europe. But Aldi UK is under pressure to follow suit of its German sister company. Across the internet, environmental activists and organisations that include Friends of the Earth, Greens4Animals with support from

Has Boris done enough to put London on the cycling map?

Environment, Health, Transport
London mayor Boris Johnson has only 12 weeks left in office. That’s 12 weeks to secure his legacy as the mayor who has transformed London into a city of cyclists. Has he done enough? It is true that there will be twice as many cyclists on London’s roads by 2020 if current growth rates are anything to go by; cycling in the capital has trebled since 2000. Around 645,000 journeys are made in London every day by bike. But look at this impressive statistic more closely, and you will see that cycling still makes up just 3% of all travel in London. Car journeys, albeit now at half the level they were in 2000, represent 5% of all travel. Nevertheless, figures released earlier this month by Transport for London (TfL) suggest that cyclists will outnumber motorists, in rush hour at least,

One lane out, two lanes in: London’s cycle highway divide

Environment, Transport
The government is planning to build four new and make improvements to the four existing highways by the end of 2016- but at what cost? The dust from the drilling of concrete lingers in the bitter cold air, as commuters walk single file to pass the metal fences overtaking half of the pavement. On the other side, engines hum from the long queues of motors at the traffic light, as builders are splitting a lane they have obtained. London’s roads are being divided. The people of London are on a constant mission to race against time. The journey between A and B is not so simple in the buzzing city, as the ongoing battle against congestion is one many travellers find difficult to avoid. The capital’s population is increasing at a staggering rate, making overcrowding and congestion a high
For greener pastures in London. Literally.

For greener pastures in London. Literally.

Culture, Environment, Specials, Video, Watch
Sub-zero temperatures at 10am on a Saturday morning — far from a good excuse to put on your tough boots, roll up your sleeves and head out to plant trees.   Which is why it came as a welcome surprise when several enthusiastic groups of volunteers gathered at Southall’s King George’s Field last weekend for a tree-planting exercise. Organised by Ealing Council in partnership with NGO Trees For Cities and Unilever, the aim was to plant 10,000 new saplings in a single day. The event was part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s larger efforts to make London a greener place by planting 40,000 new trees across the city. His iTree urban forest survey shows that London has 8 million trees that are worth a whopping £6.1 billion to the economy and contribute £130 million in wider benefits. These