National Tree Planting Week in full bloom

As part of National Tree Planting Week, Hounslow Council Park’s team has gathered 20 plus local volunteers to help plant 18 mixed fruit frees in De Brome Open Space – also known as Leitrim Park.

Published: Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Image of Children from Victoria School in Feltham.

As part of National Tree Planting Week, Hounslow Council Park’s team has gathered 20 plus local volunteers to help plant 18 mixed fruit frees in De Brome Open Space – also known as Leitrim Park and 50 native trees – a mixture of alder, willow, birch and hazel at Pevensey Road Nature Reserve during this week.  No previous planting has been carried out in De Brome before, although Pevensey has seen some planting as part of the Green Gym initiative run by the GS360 Countryside Team. The latter will be on hand this weekend to oversee all the new planting. 

In the whole month of November, the council is supporting local community groups plant over 800 native trees. As well as De Brome and Pevensey Road, several hundred will also be put in at Harvard Hill Park. Similar community projects are ongoing and will provide extensive tree planting opportunities over the coming months.

Furthermore, Feltham In Bloom is looking to find a home for 200 tree saplings which are currently being housed at Victoria Junior School in Feltham. They have a mixture of 50 hedging, 50 wildlife and 100 fruit trees.  If any Hounslow community group knows a location where these trees would add to the ambience and overall look of the area, please contact Rob Antill who runs Feltham In Bloom directly at rob.antill@hotmail.com 

Rob Antill said: “With the help of some of the children at Victoria Junior School, we will be putting them into pots until I can arrange distribution to permanent sites. There are many other tree-planting events going on so hopefully we will have plenty of suggestions as to where we can plant these additional 200 trees. This set of trees was ordered off-the-cuff, and I'd welcome approaches from groups that would like to avail themselves of these free trees”. 

Victoria Lawson, Executive Director of Environment, Culture and Customer Services at Hounslow Council said: “This is really good news for both De Brome and Pevensey Road Nature Reserve to get so many new trees being planted there. In both cases it strengthens the biological offer of the site and supports the resilience of flora and fauna in the surrounding area. It also offers greater improvements and education of these sites to encourage people to engage with nature and green spaces. Community-led interventions are great for increasing the overall tree coverage of Hounslow and west London and being a vital contribution towards better air quality and CO2 capture. I must also thank Rob Antill for his generous offer of giving away 200 trees. I am sure he will get plenty of great suggestions from our community groups”

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