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Rooting for our trees

Rooting for our trees

July 17, 2015

Your help is needed to look after the trees on our borough’s streets – to be a warden to the lungs of Ealing.

Street trees need to be looked after during the first three years after being planted. Thereafter they are usually fully established and tend to look after themselves.

Ealing Council has planted the largest number of trees in London as part of the Mayor of London’s Street Tree scheme and in May this year the parks team finished planting 1,500 new trees.

Volunteers are being sought to sign up as tree wardens to help care for these and other new trees.

Ealing was the first borough in London to introduce a tree warden scheme, in December 2011. Its network of wardens have been caring for street trees ever since. In May 2013 the scheme received national recognition when it took home a highly commended award from the RE:LEAF Tree and Woodland Awards at City Hall.

Could you be a tree warden?

If there is a newly planted tree outside or close to your house and you would like to care for it the tree warden network would welcome your support.

The tree warden initiative aims to equip people with skills and knowledge about trees and their local environment, as well as giving residents a great way to meet other local people.

Any resident interested in volunteering as a tree warden should contact Susan Wyatt wyatts@ealing.gov.uk

Vandalism

Unfortunately, in the last few months a number of trees have been vandalised across the borough – anything from tearing off branches off to being uprooted and sawn off at the base.

If you witness any damage being caused to street trees, you can pass the information to Susan Wyatt atwyatts@ealing.gov.uk

More information

More information on being a tree warden is available at the Tree Council website.