New street trees will make Wandsworth greener

Published: Wednesday 25th September 13

The boroughs streets will be even greener in the Spring with the planting of another 1,000 trees in residential areas and town centres.

Planting will commence in November, with 1,000 new street trees on their way to the borough. More trees are also planned for parks and housing estates.

Species will include London plane, cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch.

Between 2008 and 2012 the council planted nearly 2,000 street trees across the borough.

There are now more than 15,000 growing in Wandsworth and another 60,000 that thrive in the borough’s parks commons and open spaces. 

Many of the street trees are monitored by 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: “This winter will see 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 and town centres look much more attractive, the trees will also offer great habitats for birds, bees and other types of wildlife.

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

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I like the idea of lots of trees,but will the Gingko tree that disappeared from the Pavement, near Falcon Road and Lavender Hill, be replaced? It was one of three, but none of them were planted with any protection around them. I thought it was very imaginative, of the Council, to plant Gingko Trees. Please risk putting in a replacement tree.
fiona McNeil

11 October 2013

Perhaps a campaign could be started (perhaps with WWT and RSPB involvement) to attach bird and insect houses to carefully chosen locations, such as in some of the parks, and hence provide a more inviting environment for nature?
Richard H Lo

27 September 2013

Beautiful Initiative. It is a pity that the existing trees do not get so much attention though. I have asked the council to solve the problem with a tree which roots broke the pavement in may 2013 and nothing happened. I have even escalated to the Council Leader that really kindly replied and asked to rectify the issue. But so far nothing happened...
andrea capodicasa

26 September 2013

Great News! Any chance of Mulberry Trees being planted? I know they stain the pavements but surely we could put up with them in the park's.
Sarah Thompson

26 September 2013

This is wonderful! Any chance you can consider planting a hedge row to run alongside trinity road? This would immensely reduce the ugly impact to the road structure and would improve to sound quality of the area, plus also improving the visual and security aspect to the busy road and the slip roads.
Tricia tucker

26 September 2013

An excellent initiative which we will all see the benefit of over many years to come. Hopefully some will be planted along Lytton Grove by the Kersfield Estate, Putney.

26 September 2013

We have a giant, rogue alder in our street that has caused underpinning, loss of light and similar. WBC has promised to carry out more radical pruning but just hasn't delivered on its promises. We nag and nag but nothing happens. Trees are great but they have to be properly planned and maintained.
Celia Blair

25 September 2013

Whilst trees, as the lungs of London, are to be much welcomed, I do hope the Council will be very careful where it plants its planes. Our house is suffering from a plane tree planted within 16 ft of our back wall. We suffer from loss of light, endless leaf and branch drop, blocked gutters and damaged tiles, with evidence of possible subsidence caused by the roots. The council has listed this tree, and the owners are barely permitted to touch it, with the consequence that it now stands around 30 feet or more above our roof. The plane is not a native tree, and though beautiful can be a monster.
susan ekins

25 September 2013