Hounslow Council to plant over 4,500 trees to tackle climate emergency
Published: Monday, 30th November 2020
To celebrate National Tree Week (28 November and 6 December), the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, Hounslow Council is committing to planting more than 4,500 saplings across the borough as part of the Council’s plans to tackle the climate emergency and supporting the commitment to greening the borough. A greener borough benefits both people and the environment, providing homes for wildlife and helps to absorb pollution. Trees are vital to this strategy, as the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world's wildlife.
National Tree Week encourages people to think about, celebrate and explore the beauty and necessity of the UK’s trees. It also marks the start of the winter tree planting season, and following the removal of the dead and dying Poplar trees, Hounslow’s Green Space 360 teams will be planting 40 new trees at Chiswick Back Common to kick off the season. The selection of 14 different trees will provide a unique visual interest and greater diversity to the existing trees in the park, increasing climate change resilience. Our borough parks will feature an additional 420 standards (individual trees) and over 4,000 whips (small young trees and hedgegrows) as part of this year’s planting programme.
We know our residents are passionate about our trees and they play an vital role in helping to nurture them throughout the year. We already have a number of volunteer groups supporting Hounslow Highways and our Greenspace 360 crews with tree management – but we are always looking for help with maintaining trees on our streets. Whether it is reporting a problem with a tree, helping to water young trees or by becoming one of our Enviromental Champions and helping to tackle the borough's environmental priorities.
The theme for this year's National Tree week is #TreelyConnected, we're staying connected to trees and one another online. Residents are invited to share a picture of their favourite trees from across the borough with details of what it means to them. People can submit their entires via the Council's Twitter, Facebook or Instagram pages. Don't forget to include #HounslowTrees! The best entries will be included in a borough wide tree trail
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:
“The value of trees and the importance of the environment should never be underestimated. Trees give life to our streets and our parks, help improve the health of communities, and provide homes for precious wildlife, and the thousands of new trees that will be planted will bring many benefits for generations to come.
“Despite COVID-19 restrictions people can still get out and about for exercise and enjoy Hounslow’s many green spaces and parks safely. This is the perfect opportunity to combine a walk in the park, street or even in the back garden with a photograph of your favourite tree. These are difficult times and for many nature is a source of great comfort and has been proven to help with mental health and we are really excited to see residents photos.”
Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies said:
“Trees are such an important part of our effort to reduce our carbon footprint, and planting is a significant part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan. In urban areas trees link up our valuable green spaces, connecting our local communities with nature.
“It can take some years for trees to reach maturity and their full potential, so it is important to keep planting so that generations to come can benefit.”
The mass planting continues the efforts made since November 2019 which saw over 1,000 trees planted across the boroughs parks.
Hounslow streets will receive nearly 200 further trees over the coming year in partnership with Hounslow Highways and the Council will continue to support local community groups with planting and obtaining funding for their own tree planting projects.
The Tree Council, organisers of National Tree Week, will also be hosting a number of free online arts and culture events, exploring art, photography, books and more. Visit Tree Council website for more information on how to take part.