Finance Score: 1
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 17
  • Low unrestricted reserves: -2
  • Strong growth: +2
  • Multiple Deficits: -2
  • Fundraising costs low: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +5
  • Award winner
  • Grant maker support: +12
Overall GiG Score: 27 ?

TREES FOR CITIES 

Overview

Trees for Cities work at a national and international scale to improve the lives of those living in cities by planting thousands of trees in urban areas each year. With support from local authorities and volunteers they revitalise forgotten spaces, creating healthier environments and getting people excited about growing, foraging, and eating healthy food. There is no better example of this than in schools where they seek to educate children about the benefits of growing healthy food by establishing edible playgrounds.

Support given from these schools has enabled the charity to expand programmes and their corporate partners have provided funding to sustain momentum during the pandemic.

They plan to increase tree planting in urban areas to over 100,000 per year and make the most of enthusiasm of the next generation of conservationist by bringing edible playgrounds to more areas of the UK.

Source: Giving is Great

Mission:

Planting trees in urban areas to make them greener and healthier and educating children by providing edible playgrounds.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • This charity has been very successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • This charity is a recent Award Winner
  • There has been strong growth in spending over the last 5 years
  • Fundraising costs are low relative to funds raised
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers including the Government
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • Unrestricted reserves appear to be dangerously low at the latest year end
  • On several occasions in recent years income has been less than spending

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£6,648£6,212£436£457£1,838£1,3512.6588,716
31/03/22£3,915£4,042£-127£348£1,413£1,2093.6483,457
31/03/21£2,790£3,423£-633£330£1,553£1,3284.7502,479
31/03/20£3,621£3,312£310£289£2,109£2,0247.3477,280
31/03/19£3,836£2,875£962£288£1,812£1,7077.14110,721
31/03/18£2,124£1,756£368£205£850£8275.7280
31/03/17£1,501£1,447£53£132£482£4824230
31/03/16£1,173£1,225£-53£121£429£4294.2190
31/03/15£1,141£1,132£9£183£481£4815.1190
31/03/14£1,335£1,328£7£184£473£4734.3210
31/03/13*£1,404£1,491£-87£245£465£4653.7260
31/03/12£1,702£1,698£4£260£552£5523.9260
31/03/11£1,486£1,477£9£251£548£5484.5270
31/03/10*£1,505£1,519£-15£268£539£5384.3240
31/03/09*£1,736£1,679£56£264£559£5594250
31/03/08*£1,607£1,586£21£106£503£4883.7180
31/03/07*£1,336£1,230£106£156£482£4684.6180
31/03/06£966£924£42£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05*£946£892£54£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04*£996£912£84£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 6.9%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 7.4%
Senior Staff Costs/Total Spending: 6%
Highest pay band: £80,000-£90,000
Liabilities/Assets: 62%
Liabilities/Income: 44%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 74%
Reserves/Spending: 2.6 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 3 months
Quick Ratio: 0.7
Asset Split ?
Comment: Trees for Cities have seen a doubling in corporate partners funding during the pandemic that allowed them to sustain programmes. Major partnerships have included Bulb, Clear Channel, npower and Tideway that have spanned multiple years.

Income growth was also aided by schools' contributions that have increased in line with their expanding Edible Playgrounds programme.

Source: Giving is Great

Established: 30 years

www.treesforcities.org

info@treesforcities.org

02075871320

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How you can help
What it does
Trees for Cities is an independent charity working with local communities on tree planting projects. Our aim is to tackle global warming, create social cohesion and beautify our cities through tree planting, community, education and training initiatives in urban areas of greatest need.
Listed activities
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
GiG Classification
  • Environment conservation & animal welfare advocacy
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Kenya, Rwanda, Throughout England,
Who it helps
  • The General Public/Mankind

Who's supporting them? ?

Awards received
  • Charity Awards 2021 Environment & Conservation
Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs£1,049,115
Greater London Authority£886,088
DCMS£373,950
Esmee Fairbairn£150,000
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity£89,935
John Ellerman Foundation£75,000
LUND TRUST£73,320
City Bridge Trust£70,894
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
John Ellerman Foundation - Core staff salaries within our charity, to include our Development, Marketing & Communications and Community Engagement teams.
£75,000 28/09/2023
Core staff salaries within our charity, to include our Development, Marketing & Communications and Community Engagement teams.
Greater London Authority - Lewisham SuDS for Schools
£50,000 02/12/2022
This project will transform three primary school playgrounds in areas of high flood risk. The project will include new landscaping, planting trees and depaving grey areas to create raingardens and ....more
Greater London Authority - Community Tree Planting at Philpot’s Farm Open Space
£20,000 02/12/2022
This project will create a woodland in Uxbridge. The project will plant 8,600 whips and 45 standard trees at Philpot’s Farm and Stonefield Park and provide community planting days and volunteering ....more
Greater London Authority - Trees for Streets
£320,000 30/09/2022
For every tree sponsored by a resident or local business in a participating Borough, the Mayor sponsored one further tree in a priority area (up to a total of 1000 trees).
Greater London Authority - Trees for Streets
£320,000 28/09/2022
Trees for Streets offers Londoners the opportunity to select, sponsor and look after trees outside their homes. The Mayor will match fund 1,000 trees to plant in priority areas of boroughs where ....more
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Grant to Trees for Cities
£5,059 21/07/2022
Edible playgrounds in schools in cardiff and leicester
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - UTCF-09-19-20
£99,156 01/04/2022
The UTCF provides funding for anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - UTCF-657009-22-23
£224,211 01/04/2022
The UTCF provides funding for anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - UTCF-04-21-22
£307,525 01/04/2022
The UTCF provides funding for anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas.
The EQ Foundation - Grant to TREES FOR CITIES
£10,000 15/02/2022
Big Give Champion Pledge
Greater London Authority - Trees for Cities
£40,000 11/12/2021
Connecting children to nature in Newham
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Trees for Cities
£271,136 04/11/2021
The UTCF provides funding for anyone who wants to plant trees in urban or peri-urban areas.
DCMS - GRCF2021: Forgotten Places: increasing canopy cover in deprived urban areas
£250,000 16/07/2021
The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal whilst creating and retaining a range of jobs. It is open to environmental charities and their ....more
Dulverton Trust - Planting Healthy Cities for Future Generations - Big Give Green Match Fund 2021
£10,000 09/06/2021
Planting Healthy Cities for Future Generations - Big Give Green Match Fund 2021
LUND TRUST - Towards trees for Cities international work.
£73,320 02/04/2021
Towards trees for Cities international work planting trees with urban communities in East Africa.
City Bridge Trust - Eco audit to Trees for Cities
£2,600 22/02/2021
£2,600 (6.5 days) to provide an eco-audit
The EQ Foundation - Grant to Trees for Cities
£1,310 15/02/2021
Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020
DCMS - GRCF2020: Trees for Streets - a NEW national street tree sponsorship scheme
£123,950 11/11/2020
Green Recovery Challenge Fund 2020-21. The wider aim of the scheme is: The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a short-term competitive fund to kick-start environmental renewal whilst creating and ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Trees for Cities (TfC)
£150,000 02/11/2020
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Towards Project costs towards 6 tree-planting projects in 6 towns/cities across the four UK countries, within the Forgotton Places programme and as part of Esmee's 60th Birthday tree-planting ....more
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity - planting healthy air
£32,800 21/06/2020
Planting healthy air - grange primary extension
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Trees for Cities
£50,000 11/06/2020
£50,000 to Trees for Cities to engage consultants to review the business plan, financials, consult and engage with councils and local London communities and website development, enabling the charity ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Trees for Cities
£18,294 11/06/2020
£18,294.00 towards three months of costs as outlined in your application
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - ALB-Natural England-Grant for Community Forest and Woodland Outreach Project
£35,706 01/04/2020
To increase and help sustain community forest and woodland outreach activities being delivered to school children, particularly those in disadvantaged areas, to benefit their mental health & ....more
Guy's and St Thomas' Charity - Pilot playground design
£57,135 07/01/2020
Pilot to test the efficacy of changing the physical place in a school
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Urban Tree Challenge Fund - Trees for Cities
£111,381 17/12/2019
Urban Tree Challenge Fund Urban Tree Challenge Fund Urban Tree Challenge FundUrban Tree Challenge FundUrban Tree Challenge Fund
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£10,000 02/10/2019
Jolly's Green Community Tree Planting
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 02/10/2019
Beckton District Park South Woodland Creation
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£50,000 02/10/2019
Goodmayes Park Woodland Creation
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,500 02/10/2019
Barley Lane Community Tree Planting
Greater London Authority - Trees for Cities
£18,088 23/09/2019
Community support programme
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£2,000 13/03/2019
Contribution to the Lost Words project
Greater London Authority - Grant to St Mary's Secret Garden
£10,000 01/03/2019
Buzzin' A nature-based volunteering programme that will work with 2 cohorts of young people for 6 months each. Young people will be trained in bee keeping skills and will volunteer at the community ....more
Dulverton Trust - Sustainable Green Futures
£105,000 13/02/2019
Sustainable Green Futures
National Lottery Community Fund - Big Green Estate Project
£226,615 01/02/2019
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Big Green Estate Project
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Trees for Cities
£4,300 02/10/2018
Restoring local tree heritage in Seven Kings Park for the community of Redbridge
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 16/08/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 16/08/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 16/08/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 16/08/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 16/08/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 16/08/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 16/08/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 16/08/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 16/08/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 16/08/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 16/08/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 16/08/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 16/08/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 16/08/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 16/08/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 16/08/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 16/08/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 16/08/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 16/08/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 16/08/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 16/08/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 16/08/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 16/08/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 16/08/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 16/08/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 31/07/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 31/07/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 31/07/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 31/07/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 31/07/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 31/07/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 31/07/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 31/07/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 31/07/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 31/07/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£17,000 31/07/2018
Montagu Whip Planting Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£43,904 31/07/2018
Big Green Estate Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£40,500 31/07/2018
Forest Road Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£22,295 31/07/2018
Seven Kings Park
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£13,125 31/07/2018
Beckenham Place Park Community Edible Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£50,000 31/01/2018
Planting Healthy Air in Schools
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 18/01/2018
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 18/01/2018
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 18/01/2018
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 18/01/2018
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 18/01/2018
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 31/12/2017
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 31/12/2017
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 31/12/2017
St Patrick's Edible Playground
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£10,190 01/10/2017
Sutcliffe Park: Planting a Leafy Legacy
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Isleworth Orchards
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Loxford Park: Community Tree Planting
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Racecourse Estate Greening Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£25,000 01/10/2017
Horsenden Hill Working Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£10,190 01/10/2017
Sutcliffe Park: Planting a Leafy Legacy
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Isleworth Orchards
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Loxford Park: Community Tree Planting
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Racecourse Estate Greening Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£25,000 01/10/2017
Horsenden Hill Working Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£10,190 01/10/2017
Sutcliffe Park: Planting a Leafy Legacy
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Isleworth Orchards
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Loxford Park: Community Tree Planting
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 01/10/2017
Racecourse Estate Greening Project
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£25,000 01/10/2017
Horsenden Hill Working Woodland
Greater London Authority - Grant to Trees for Cities
£15,000 30/09/2017
Isleworth Orchards
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (9)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Age Range of Trustees: 40-70
  • BRYAN MILLER Appointed: 2017 Occupation: Marketing Strategist
  • JANINE CAPON (Chair) Appointed: 2015 Occupation: Executive Coach
Janine is an experienced Board Advisor and CEO, and a specialist in business strategy, marketing and international brand building. She was previously Global CEO of WPP’s marketing consultancy Added Value, and now works as a NED, advisor and mentor with a variety of enterprising individuals and businesses. She has worked with Trees for Cities for....more
  • MANDIP SINGH HAYER Appointed: 2024 Occupation: Executive Director Of People & Org. Development
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 27/01/1994, number: 1032154
  • Registered at Companies House on 24/11/1993, number: 02874642
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR13: 35 days late, AR10: 25 days late, AR09: 80 days late, AR08: 1 days late, AR07: 2 days late, AR05: 1 days late, AR04: 53 days late,
Main office

TREES FOR CITIES
PRINCE CONSORT LODGE
KENNINGTON PARK PLACE
LONDON
SE11 4AS

Objectives

To advance the education of the public in the appreciation of trees and nature, particularly with regard to their social and environmental value by the planting, protection and promotion of trees and green spaces everywhere and in particular in towns and cities

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
CharityBase

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