Please help us give trees a helping hand

Release Date: 24 July 2017

Residents are being asked to help keep the borough’s newest trees healthy over the summer, by helping to water them, particularly when the weather is warm!

Richmond Council has recently planted a number of new street trees across the borough, and while these trees are being monitored and watered by the Council’s appointed tree contractor, they would greatly benefit from any extra watering that residents may be able to provide.

Following enquiries from residents, the Council is actively encouraging people to help water the new trees.

Young trees establish best with a ‘little and often’ approach to watering and a full watering can every two to three days will be ideal in supplementing the watering that is being carried out by the Council.  Water can be applied using the black tube or alternatively water can be soaked into the pit by applying to the mulch layer.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: 

“We are all aware how changeable the weather is at the moment. But when it warm…it is really warm!

“During these times the young trees in particular could do with a little bit of assistance. By helping provide a little extra water you will help the newly planted tree to grow healthily and to thrive. We would appreciate any help that can be provided.”

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Reference: P346/17

Updated: 31 July 2017