EALING has signed up to cashless parking payment provider PayByPhone’s carbon reduction initiative, Meters for Trees.

It follows the council’s decision to declare a climate emergency and to achieve a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

For every ten parking machines it takes over, PayByPhone donates one tree to the borough and offsets one ton of carbon dioxide in the Amazon rain forest through an audited project.

By April, Ealing will have relinquished 57 of its 195 parking machines, with up to a further 100 planned for the next year.

Councillor Mik Sabiers, portfolio holder for environment and highways, said: “Not only does cashless parking payment offer drivers a more convenient way of paying for their parking, but it also removes the need for collection and maintenance.”

Motorists who wish to use cash can pay for their parking at PayPoint stores in Ealing.