THE Edgware Road has been chosen to be of the areas in the capital to benefit from the Mayor of London's plan to plant 10,000 new street trees in the capital.

It is hoped that the plan will see an as yet unspecified number of trees planted along the A5.

Barnet Council's tree experts will be visiting the street over the next seven days to map out potential planting areas and speak to residents and businesses about the proposal.

The A5 runs for nine kilometres through the West of Barnet and is home to hundreds of shops and businesses.

Although Barnet has more street trees than any other borough - a total of 36,000 - some areas such as the Edgware Road currently have relatively low levels of greenery.

Councillor Andrew Harper, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: "Driving or walking along tree-lined avenues brings nature a step closer and helps to create a little bit of the countryside in the city.

"The Mayor of London's plan will see hundreds of London streets benefit from more greenery being planted, and I am keenly anticipating the effect of the planned planting along Edgware Road."

If anyone who lives or works around the Edgware Road area would like to contact the council about the scheme, email or call 020 8359 7838.