More than 1,000 new trees to be planted in ‘The Greener Borough’

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More than 1,000 new trees to be planted in ‘The Greener Borough’

Postby wandbc1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:38 pm

Residential streets in the Brighter Borough are to become even more green and leafy with the planting of more than 1,150 new trees in the coming months.

This winter 677 new trees will be planted in streets, parks and housing estates. Of this total 512 will be planted in residential areas. At least 500 more street trees will be planted next year.

The council looks after more than 60,000 trees in its parks, commons and open spaces while around 16,000 grow in streets and on housing estates.

By this time next year the number of street trees will have risen to nearer 17,000.

Species being planted this winter and next include London plane, cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch.

The current programme builds on the town hall’s long standing policy of promoting greenery in residential areas.

Many street trees are monitored by local tree wardens. Wandsworth was one of the first urban councils in the country to establish a network of wardens – ordinary members of the public who act as the eyes and ears of the town hall by keeping a close watch on the health and well-being of trees in their neighbourhood.

Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We are seeing a big expansion in tree planting across the whole borough. Many residential areas will benefit from this welcome extra greenery.

“As well as making our residential areas look much more attractive, the trees will also offer great habitats for birds, bees and other forms of wildlife.

“Wandsworth already has a well deserved reputation for being one of London’s greenest boroughs. Planting this many new trees demonstrates our commitment to making our borough an even better place to live.”

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Re: More than 1,000 new trees to be planted in ‘The Greener Borough’

Postby Goldhawk » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:56 pm

Shame about the chopping down of the matures tress on Chestnut Avenue in Tooting Common

Whatever happened to the post chop survey that was promised?

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Re: More than 1,000 new trees to be planted in ‘The Greener Borough’

Postby rooting4tooting » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:11 am

I'm all for trees, but I do hope thought has gone into the siting of the trees and their roots and the need for pruning and leaf collection. and neighbour consultation.
BTW why are crab-apple and flowering cherry planted on our streets. Trees have to be useful and not a messy pain, useful in terms of attracting the right type of nature.. IE oak trees in parks not in streets. Oaks attract a huge number of insects but number hundreds of wasps per tree too. Oaks on estates will encourage wasps nests in nearby buildings and drop sap onto cars and bikes.
I hope the 1000 trees will not include any new parks such as the replacement park for the golf course in Burntwood Lane.. Otherwise I can imagine WBC double counting their trees later in 2018..


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