Trees for London to train young people in social enterprise

A tree-planting charity aims to set up a social enterprise training people in horticultural and tree maintenance.

Trees for London already offers training to NVQ level 2 in horticulture and arboriculture for young people in south and east London, but hopes to expand into generating fees from public-and voluntary-sector clients.

It is seeking a social enterprise manager, who will be part funded by the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation. The job of the manager will be to try to kick-start the social enterprise, which would provide an apprenticeship for 20 to 25 people.

"There is a niche for a social enterprise that can maintain the green spaces of housing associations, community groups and local authorities in London,

said chief executive Graham Simmonds. "This kind of work is mainly done by big maintenance contractors so we believe we can offer the personal touch, as well as training local people,

he said.

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