Ealing is London’s Greenest borough

It’s official – Ealing is London most eco-friendly borough new research by the world’s largest commercial estate agency, CBRE, has revealed. The news comes as the borough becomes one of only five UK councils to receive Tree Cities of the World status, which recognises high standards for urban forest management.

CBRE’s research found that Ealing topped the polls for increasing its biodiversity while its recycling rates, are the second highest rate in the Capital. It recycles half its household waste and aims to reach two thirds over the next few years.Food waste is a big borough no-no in as all food waste collect is converted into electricity for homes and fertiliser for farms.

The borough’s biodiversity is being spearheaded by the one-million council-led Greenford-Gurnell Greenway project which will improve 44 acres of parkland between Greenford town centre and Gurnell Leisure Centre and open-up the River Brent towpath.Led by the council’s park rangers, wildflowers and long grass are being grown, and special owl nesting boxes set up to attract voles, field mice, and in turn owls.

Ealing Council has also pledged that the borough will become carbon neutral by 2030 as part of its official recognition of the climate emergency and the Mayor of London’s new draft London plan.

Ealing Council’s ongoing commitment to tree-planting and greening has been awarded prestigious ‘Tree Cities of the World’ status.

There are estimated to be more than 234,000 trees in Ealing helping to remove 2,033 tonnes of pollutants and carbon from the atmosphere annually. Since 2014, the council has planted more than 6,000 trees and 53,000 saplings.

Commenting on the news, Councillor Julian Bell said: Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council said: “I am delighted that Ealing has been recognised on an international level with Tree Cities of the World status. It is testament to our ongoing commitment to our borough’s trees, a commitment we intend to keep over the coming years to safeguard this vital asset.

“Trees remove pollution from the atmosphere, provide shade and habitat for wildlife and reduce flood risk by absorbing water. They play a vital role in adding colour and beauty to our borough and can also help promote physical and mental well-being.”

“The council has declared a climate emergency and we are doing all in our power to transform Ealing into an even more environmentally-friendly borough in the years to come. Our award-winning tree management is helping us do just that.”

The council has been working with Trees for Cities since 2010 to deliver community greening projects and improve outdoor spaces across the borough. Trees for Cities works with volunteers, schools and local communities to improve people’s lives by planting trees in cities, enhancing green spaces.