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Trees for Cities

Trees for Cities is an independent charity, which inspires people to plant and love trees in cities worldwide. Set up as Trees for London in 1993, Trees for Cities’ aim is to create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most.

We manage projects across the UK as well as internationally in cities such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kigali, Ica and La Paz. Our work supports urban tree planting initiatives particularly in deprived areas of cities. Community-led design is an integral part of our landscaping projects. Involving local residents, schools and community groups helps ensure the sustainability of green spaces


Leslie Bacon, Melvin Benn, Dame Hilary Blume, Jeremy Coller, Chris Collins, Sir John Egan, Leo Hambro, Richard Hammond, Simon Jenkins, Alistair McGowan, Jamie Oliver, Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside, Lord Sheppard of Didgemere, Jon Snow and Sophie Warre.


James Bevan, Glenn Elliott, Chris Harper, Janine Hawkins, Matthew Pettigrew, Steve Saunders and Graham Simmonds.


Julian Blake, Jane Bruton, Jake Kempston, and Belinda Winder.

Sharon Johnson, the charity’s Chief Executive, talks about how she came to be involved in Trees for Cities and her plans for the future:

Sharon Johnson

Chief Executive

Telephone: 020 7820 4424

Joining date: 2000

About me: After leaving school I graduated and worked in the personnel and HR sector for a number of years, however, I have always had an interest in the environment, so in the early 1990s, after taking a year out to travel through Asia I returned to university and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies.

I have now worked in the voluntary sector for 14 years, both in the UK and abroad, undertaking various conservation projects including working for the Indonesian Forestry Commission in Borneo; the Royal Society of Nature Conservation in the Seychelles and as a warden for Birds Australia.

Returning to the UK in 2000, I joined Trees for Cities and after nine years as Development Director, responsible for the charity’s fundraising, marketing and project development activities in London, regionally and internationally, I was appointed as Chief Executive.

I am delighted to lead the charity into its next stage of development, working with a committed and passionate staff team, Board of Trustees, Patrons and network of stakeholders and supporters, to ensure we continue to grow as a dynamic charity.

My favourite tree: Hornbeam, Carpinus betulus – A very attractive tree with a great shape and bright glossy leaves. Autumn sees a magical transformation to rich yellowy-orange colours. It is also my birth tree!

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