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.”