London’s Urban Growth Strategy

Developed in June 2014, the Urban Growth Strategy is “a plan that engages citizens and outlines the necessary steps the City of London must take to protect, enhance, and monitor the urban forest that defines London as the ‘Forest City.'”


The approach outlined in the strategy will contribute to the protection and enhancement of London’s treescape, recognizing that it is integral to building an attractive, well-designed and livable urban environment.

The strategy is developed using four guiding principles:

Plant more – Expand and manage the urban forest strategically to maximize the social, environmental and economic returns.

Protect more – Protect and maintain London’s urban forest on public and private land where it is providing the benefits of the ‘right tree in the right place’ or is supporting the integrity of natural features.

Maintain better – Maintain and monitor the urban forest over time and adjust management practices as needed using current information and research.

Engage the community – Partner with the community to achieve urban forest goals.

Each of these guiding principles have short-term, medium-term and long-term targets “based on the information obtained through review of existing documentation, and feedback from City staff, stakeholders, and the public.”

More information

The strategy has also been accompanied by an Implementation Plan to help ensure success through outlining steps to achieving short and long-term goals.

For more information, read the full Urban Forest Strategy here.