Nearly 600 new trees now planted across the ‘Brighter Borough’
Published: 7 March 2018
Every district in Wandsworth has seen new street trees planted this winter as part of a council initiative to plant more than 1,100 new trees across the borough.
This winter the council is planting 664 trees 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.
New trees have now been planted in every one of 20 districts that comprise Wandsworth.
The biggest number has been planted in Furzedown ward in Tooting (57) followed by Southfields (53) Wandsworth Common (49), Tooting ward (49) West Putney (47) and West Hill ward (42).
Other wards that have seen the most planted this winter include Shaftesbury in Battersea (37) Earlsfield (36), Graveney in Tooting (36) East Putney (35) and Balham (31).
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.
Species that have been planted this winter include London plane, cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch.
Some will have been planted as replacements for trees that have died recently leaving spaces where they have had to be removed while some others are being planted in new locations in residential areas.
In total the council looks after more than 60,000 trees in its parks, commons and open spaces while around 15,000 grow in residential streets and on the borough’s housing estates.
Chief parks office Jerry Birtles said: “This is a far reaching programme that will enable us over the course of two winters to plant trees where they’ve been lost in previous years but also in some places that have not benefited before from having a street tree.
“Sadly trees do die or become unsafe from time to time for a variety of reasons and while most people would like us to plant replacements immediately this is not normally possible because you have to allow time for old roots to rot away so that there is space for a new tree to grow in that space.
“However over the course of this winter and next most of the pits that are currently vacant will have new trees planted.”
The council’s environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook added: “This is a major step up in tree planting activity and will ensure that Wandsworth’s streets remain amongst the greenest in London.This programme builds on the town hall’s long standing policy of promoting greenery in residential areas.
“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.
“Many of our 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 – 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.
“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.”
People who are interested in becoming a tree warden can email Wandtreeward@aol.com