Hounslow Council has planted 4,500 trees in 39 locations this winter.
Published: Friday, 19th March 2021
Hounslow’s parks and open spaces have been given a new lease of life this winter with thousands of newly planted trees.
As part of the Hounslow Council’s commitment to deliver a greener borough, a tree will be planted for every child born in Hounslow. Over the last year, over 3900 children were born and by the end of March 2021 the Council will have planted a total of 4,500 trees in 39 locations.
This will increase wildlife and biodiversity across the borough and will include 75 different species including Cherry, Cedar, Elm, Maple, Pine and Redwood.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council said:
“It is fantastic to see so many new trees planted across Hounslow just in time for Spring.
“The value of trees and the importance of the environment should never be underestimated.
“Trees give life to our parks and streets, help improve the health of communities, and provide homes for precious wildlife, benefits that will be seen for many generations to come.
“Trees play a vital role in helping to reduce our carbon footprint, the planting of new trees and maintenance of current ones is integral to our Climate Emergency Action Plan and Greener Borough Framework.
“In urban areas trees link up our valuable green spaces, connecting our local communities with nature.
"Getting out into nature provides a huge boost for our physical and mental wellbeing, which is very important for us all. As lockdown restrictions ease and the weather gets warmer, we hope that residents will be able to visit the new additions to the borough.
“Our GreenSpace360 teams have done an amazing job this winter, I would like to thank them for their dedication and hard work in all sorts of weathers to plant so many new trees. Now we need residents support to nurture these trees, including making sure they receive more water during the summer months. Small actions can make a massive difference.”
Hounslow is one of London's greenest boroughs with approximately 40 per cent of its surface area being green, comprising parks and open spaces. The Council is responsible for hundreds of thousands of trees in Hounslow’s streets, parks, woodlands, cemeteries, and allotments.
The borough-wide winter tree planting plan is just one way that the Council is tackling the climate emergency and supporting the commitment to ‘greening’ the borough.
A ‘greener borough’ benefits residents and the environment and provides homes for wildlife and helps to absorb pollution. Trees are vital to this strategy as the biggest plants on the planet as they store carbon which improves air quality, stabilises the soil and give life to the world's wildlife.
As the summer months approach, residents can play an important role in helping to nurture the newly planted trees. There are lots of local volunteering groups supporting Hounslow Highways and Greenspace 360 crews with tree management – but we are always looking for help with maintaining trees in the borough. The Council wants to ensure all trees have a healthy lifespan and residents can support this by reporting an issues with trees, including vandalism and theft, helping to water young trees during warm weather or by becoming one of our Environmental Champions and being a local advocate for a cleaner, greener borough.
For more information and the full list of planting locations please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/tree-planting.