With 500 more promised next year
This winter 677 new trees will be planted by the Council in streets, parks and housing estates throughout Wandsworth. Of this total 512 will be planted in residential areas. At least 500 more street trees are due to be planted next year.
By this time next year Wandsworth Council says that the number of street trees will have risen to nearer 17,000.
Species being planted this winter and next include London plane, cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch.
Many street trees in Wandsworth are monitored by local tree wardens. The borough was one of the first urban councils in the country to establish a network of wardens – ordinary members of the public who keep a close watch on the health and well-being of trees in their neighbourhood.
Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook says, “We are seeing a big expansion in tree planting across the whole borough. Many residential areas will benefit from this welcome extra greenery.
Cllr Cook pictured planting trees last year
"As well as making our residential areas look much more attractive, the trees will also offer great habitats for birds, bees and other forms of wildlife.
“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.”
November 13, 2017