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16 Oct 2019 | News

Pollution busting trees from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park given new home at Barking Riverside

Pollution-busting London Plane trees from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been carefully moved to a new home at Barking Riverside, allowing them to continue their vital work in keeping the capital’s air clean.

Six trees, which were planted in the park in 2013 and are around fifteen years old, have been removed from their previous location in the Park as part of construction work on UCL’s new campus, UCL East.


London Plane trees are known for their ability to trap air pollution in their bark, removing harmful particles from the atmosphere and helping to clean up the capital’s air. The London Plane can grow to 35m and live for several hundred years.

After being lifted, the trees were carefully moved to their new home at Barking Riverside. The trees will be used to improve the green spaces in the neighbourhood and will help improve local air quality for years to come.

David Watkinson, Barking Riverside Limited’s Planning, Design and Communications Director said:

“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation to rehome these mature London Plane trees at Barking Riverside. As one of the UK’s largest and most important new housing projects, with a truly unique riverside-location and remarkably diverse ecological landscape, we are committed to helping cultivate London’s green space – moving trees from the Olympic Park to Barking Riverside will help us do just that.”

Mark Camley, Executive Director of Park Operations and Venues at the London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

“We’ve worked closely with our partners to make sure that new development is as sustainable as possible. I’m thrilled that we’ve found such a valuable new home for these London Plane trees, showing our continued commitment to making the 2012 Games the most sustainable ever.”