New trees make Wandsworth greener

Published: Wednesday 25th April 12

The brighter borough is fast becoming the greener borough after another 371 trees were planted across Wandsworth this spring.

The council's highways teams planted 171 new street trees across the borough in response to requests from residents and to improve the street scene in residential areas.

And the parks service planted another 100 on local housing estates and 100 more in parks and commons.

The species planted this spring included cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, sorbus, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch trees.

Between 2008 and 2011 the council planted more than 1,100 new street trees across the borough.
There are now more than 14,000 street trees growing in Wandsworth - one of the highest numbers in London. In addition there are another 60,000 that thrive in the borough's parks commons and open spaces. 

Many of the street trees are looked after by tree wardens. Wandsworth was one of the first urban councils in the country to establish a network of tree 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.

Residents who live near the 271 new trees that have been planted in residential streets and on housing estates are being urged to collect rainwater or use recycled water to feed these young trees if dry conditions continue this summer.

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Pity that the gap where a tree used to be in Wiseton Road has been filled with tarmac (increasingly used to "repair" pavements round here). Will make replacing the tree far more difficult, or perhaps there's no intention to replace it?
Gillian Wightwick

26 April 2012

While I applaud the planting of new trees, I would love to know why the Council has so far failed to replace two new trees that were vandalised in Jan 2011, in Fawcett Close, despite regular assurances to the Resident's Association that they would be replaced "the next time the tree divison visit the area". (They also failed to prosecute the Resident that vandalised them, despite a witness being available).
Neil Stead

26 April 2012

I welcome more trees. Unfortunately this has been done with no consultation with local residents as to where they would best be planted, so some residents have suddenly found that their small front gardens will be completely overshadowed. Yet another example of the Council deciding what is best for all of us, rather than listening. In my street we also still have 2 missing paving stones where trees which were planted had to be removed. Great!
Jane Eades

25 April 2012