Help wanted to water young trees

Published Friday, 6 July 2018

Help is wanted to water many of the young trees planted this year which are now suffering from the extreme heat and drought.

Watering schedules have been increased by the council’s contractor Gristwood and Toms, to get the newly planted street trees through this difficult time. In addition to the emergency watering for young trees under stress, Tree Friends are also helping by filling the watering bags of young street trees but with so many to look after and with no rain forecast, extra help across the borough is very welcome.

“The recent glorious weather has been fantastic but it’s taken a toll on our vulnerable young trees and flowers. Our contractor and Tree Friends are doing extra watering to minimise losses but with the largest tree stock of all London Boroughs, it would be good to have more assistance. If you can regularly spare a few minutes to fill the watering bag of a young tree with water using a hose or watering can, please do – every little helps” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment.

There are many well-known benefits of having trees in the environment. They improve the look and feel of our neighbourhood - in streets, parks and open spaces - and help make the borough a pleasant place to live, work and visit. With over 36,000 street trees and over 500 newly planted this season, new Tree Friends are always welcome.

Tree Friends are volunteers who help the council’s contractor maintain a healthy tree stock across the borough providing practical help in a variety of ways, including watering young trees. Anyone who would like to become a Tree Friend or find out more is advised to go to the council’s website


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