NEW TREES IN YOUR STREET?
Residents in Croydon are being asked if they would like new trees planted in their street.
The project is made possible thanks to a successful bid by Croydon for £13,000 from the Mayor of London.
Officers from the council’s tree and woodland section applied for match-funding from the Mayor’s tree programme after residents and councillors asked for something to be done about the gradual loss of greenery from the built-up area.
The trees will be planted in existing empty tree pits before Easter, and people who would like one near their home can put in a request by emailing [email protected]
The built-up central part of the north of the borough has been identified as being in particular need. As such, the area centred around Thornton Heath will get 80 new street trees planted by the council. These are to replace some of those removed over the years due to damage or disease.
Residents can help the new trees to flourish when the hot weather arrives by taking a few minutes to give them a quick water.
Cllr Stuart King, Croydon’s cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “This year we’ll replace some 150 street trees across the borough.
“The north of Croydon has been highlighted as an area that needs particular attention.
“We know how people value having greenery around them – trees are not just visually attractive, they are also good for the environment. “That’s why I’m sure plenty of residents will be happy to recycle the occasional bucket of old bathwater.
“If anyone has ever wondered what the short plastic pipes are next to the base of new trees, this is where they can be watered directly to their roots.”
Planting will take place after checks have been done to ensure they won’t pose a risk to nearby underground pipes and cables or nearby buildings. (Source: Croydon council press release)