An architect style drawing of the estate showing building & tree placement

Racecourse Estate

Racecourse Estate is a large social housing estate in Northolt, and was the location for a pilot multi-year estate greening project between 2019-2023.

The pilot aimed to deliver a set of complementary year-round greening activities on one site over multiple years and to create and improve high quality green spaces across an area in an integrated way with the local community. We collaborated with stakeholders and community groups focusing on tree planting, co-design, play and sustainable, active community involvement beyond the programme timeframe through establishing a community greening group ‘Green Shoots’ with the Freshwater Foundation.

Over the four years, Trees for Cities transformed the estate by planting 914 trees and 17,200 bulbs. We added 15 benches, 15 oak raised beds for growing flowers and food, and five oak picnic benches with adjoining raised beds - plus a trim trail! We also installed three sculptures and two oak archways.

To find out more about our work on Racecourse Estate, check out our online story map, produced with our partner Climate Cartographics at the University of Westminster. Part of this story map features as this webpage header.

I've always had an affinity with woods and trees, and felt very much that Trees for Cities have given a very good impulse to the area by planting trees and getting people involved. I felt it would be a shame for us not to take some positive steps from there to keep looking after the trees

Green Shoots member

Thanks to our Funders

  • National Lottery Community Fund

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Mayor of London: Trees Call to Action Fund

  • Forestry Commission: Urban Tree Challenge Fund

  • Ealing Council

  • City Bridge Foundation

  • Stanley Smith UK Horticultural Trust

  • All Aboard Shops LTD

  • Heathrow Community Trust - Environment and Sustainability

Thanks to our Partners

  • Climate Cartographics

  • Freshwater Foundation