Growing Crofton Park
Welcome to Growing Crofton Park.
We are a community let project that aims to promote the health and well-being of Crofton Parks residents, shopkeepers, visitors and its local wildlife. Our mission is to plant a diverse range of street trees on Brockley Road, for the reason that Brockley Corridor is often very congested with traffic, noise and dominated with slabs of concrete.
Why support this project?
By supporting this project you will help to ensure that London continues to be a green city for future generations and help to reduce the impact of climate change. ‘Brockley Corridor’ runs through Crofton Park and is often very congested with traffic, making it a noisy and a polluted street. Planting street trees will bring many benefits to the local and surrounding community - the people that use it every day - working in and visiting the local shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, iconic ballroom and community run Library not forgetting the children and youth that walk along the street everyday, to and from school.
Why plant street trees on an urban high street?
A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated the health – and wealth – benefits of trees in cities. Trees make people happier and heathier!
Trees lower pollution, alleviate flood water and boost our environment.
Trees cool our streets and provide food and shelter for local wildlife.
A recent report, commissioned by the Green party on the London Assembly, stated that London is the most vulnerable city in western Europe to floods, extreme cold, windstorms and drought as global temperatures rise.
Some facts about London Trees
Each year London’s trees remove 2241 tonnes of pollution worth £126m per year. Air pollution is a major issue for London and the contribution made by trees to its reduction has a direct positive impact on public health and is – literally - life saving.
Each year London’s trees intercept rainfall and prevent nearly 3½ million cubic metres of water from entering the drainage system and so, reducing the risk of flooding and water pollution events. This is the equivalent of 1365 Olympic swimming pools with a monetary value of £2.8m per year.
London’s trees store 2.4 million tonnes of carbon and they sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to reduce the impact of climate change. This is equivalent to the carbon produced from 26 billion vehicle miles.
The survey found that:
It’s all then given a hard-headed financial value based on the carbon they store, the air pollution they remove, the rainwater they hold (allowing it to be re-evaporated by the sun rather than disappearing into drains and sewers) and how they ameliorate extreme temperatures. Trees that are close to buildings reduce air conditioning in summer, and even heating bills in winter – small effects that become extremely valuable in a big city.
air quality improvement and carbon storage