This winter's tree planting almost complete
Published: Friday 16th March 18
Wandsworth Council is nearing the end of this winter’s programme of planting new street trees across the borough.
Cllr Cook planting a street tree in Balham
As of this morning there were 25 trees left to plant out of around 670 that are being planted in Wandsworth’s residential streets, housing estates and parks.
This includes more than 500 street trees – ensuring that residential parts of the Brighter Borough remain green and leafy.
At least 500 more will also be planted in residential areas next winter – making a projected total of more than 1,150 new trees over the two planting seasons.
The council looks after more than 60,000 in its parks, commons and open spaces while around 15,000 already grow in streets and on housing estates.
Species being planted include London plane, cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch.
The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook helped plant of the remaining trees in Malwood Road Balham.
He said: “We have been planting hundreds of
trees across the borough, consolidating our status as having some of the
greenest streets in London.
“By next year the number of street trees in our borough will have risen to around 16,000. As well as making our residential areas look much more attractive, they will also offer great habitats for birds, bees and other forms of wildlife.”
A montage comprised of individual photographs of the hundreds of new trees planted in Wandsworth this winter