500 free trees to residents

Oct 20, 2021
Ahead of COP26, the UN climate summit taking place in November, Hounslow Council has announced it will be giving 500 free trees to residents to help them make the borough greener and combat climate change.
As part of the Council’s commitment to plant a tree for each child born in the borough each year, Hounslow residents will be able to collect a free tree to plant in their own garden. To receive a free tree, residents must register their interest here. The trees to be given out at three collection events (all 10am-2pm):
  • Sunday 28th November: Dukes Meadows, Chiswick
  • Sunday 12th December: Redlees Park car park, Isleworth
  • Sunday 16th January: Hounslow Heath car park.
The November event will coincide with National tree planting week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, which takes place between 27 November – 5 December 2021, marking the start of the winter tree planting season.
The trees will be potted plants or bare rooted and will range from 40cm-80cm in height. The species have been selected in line with the character of the borough in terms of its existing trees, and by suitability for the soil conditions across the area.
Tree species available are: Field Maple, Serviceberry, Hawthorn, Hazel, Beech, Swedish Whitebeam and Hornbeam – there are also fruit tree species on offer: Apple (Cox’s Orange Pippin, Laxton’s Superb and Bramley), Fig, Plum Victoria and Pear (Doyenne du Comice and Beurre Hardy).
The scheme is intended to inspire community action by involving residents of all ages
As part of this commitment to make Hounslow cleaner and greener, the Council planted 4,500 trees in parks and roadsides in 2020-21 and plans to continue planting trees across the borough including Christmas trees in prominent places in each ward and in each of the five main Town Centres.
Plans also include improving grass verges by planting wildflowers and expanding no mow periods. For more information about the scheme visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/trees.
Related article: Borough-wide Tree Planting - November 2021 - March 2022
 
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