Nearly 600 new trees now planted across the ‘Brighter Borough’

Published: Wednesday 7th March 18

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.

A tree montage comprised of individual photographs of the hundreds of new street trees planted across Wandsworth this winter

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.”

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Recent comments

Planting trees is good news. is it possible to also be told how many trees have to be taken down each year and why? e.g. disease, safety, etc. This would give a more accurate picture of tree numbers in the borough.

12 March 2018

Are there going to be any trees planted in Geraldine rd ?
anne louise saxton

11 March 2018

Could you please clarify the numbers you are talking about - how many of the trees being planted are new trees, how many are replacements ? If, as you state, you are looking after a total of 75,000 trees in the Borough, then surely the annual loss due to trees dying off will be massively more than 600 ? Overall, is the total number of trees in the Borough actually increasing or not ?
R Bartsch

10 March 2018

Am I the only person in Wandsworth who is extremely happy that more trees are being planted here? Well done, Wandsworth Council! More please! I look out onto a beautiful London plane tree, which changes with the seasons in the most wonderful way - it lifts my spirit. More trees please, and ignore those miserable people who never look upwards at the beauty.
Antoinette Reboul

9 March 2018

600 trees? - How about spending some money on putting pavements right - where tree roots have broken them up - made pavements totally unsafe to walk on - would save on folk having to go to the NHS A&E to deal with breakages and injuries caused by uneven pavements.

9 March 2018

I hope that more thought is given to the type and where the trees are located than has been the case in the past. It is disgraceful that WBC have: planted trees too close to houses; in a way which restricts pavement access; the wrong type of trees in the wrong places. This has led to silly waste when trees have then had to be removed (or in the case of trees planted near me, other trees have been killed off by bigger trees!) I do want trees but I also what more than just headline grabbing attempts without thought.

9 March 2018

Will residents be consulted as to where trees will be planted? I live on Broomwood Rd, Wandsworth Common end, an area known for subsidence, extremely difficult to park there and a major bus route & cut through. As we have to park half on the pavement any trees planted will take up valuable parking spaces. The 3 houses that I know which have had serious enough subsidence for the owners to move out for a year have all had problems with tree roots getting into the drains and draining the clay soil around the foundations of the houses. X rays done by the insurers/builders clearly show how much damage tree roots have done to foundations. I am concerned that any trees planted in this particular road will have damaging effects on our houses.
Judith Blackstone

9 March 2018

Cllr Cook also has a certain reputation for economy with the truth. Can we trust any of his pronouncements?

8 March 2018

But still, in spite of many e-mails to tree mangement, there remains a mudddy hole outside 15 Inman Road where a tree was removed over 2 years ago. The hole was never made safe with tarmac and has been neglected ever since. New trees in adjacent streets, or holes where they have been removed, have been made safe. Tree maintenance and street services to repair pavement holes like this need to be better managed.
Celia Blair

7 March 2018