Wandsworth set to spend £35k on hundreds of new trees
11:40am Thursday 29th November 2012 in News
Hundreds more trees will be planted across Wandsworth this winter as the brighter borough aims to become the greener borough.
A total of 450 new trees will be planted in residential streets, town centres, housing estates and in parks and open spaces during the winter planting season.
This follows a busy time for the council's arboricultural team earlier this year when a further 371 trees were planted during the spring.
The winter trees will be planted at a cost of around £35,000.
Species will include cherry, lime, pear, crab apple, sorbus, rowan, oak, hazel, whitebeam, maple, hornbeam and birch trees.
Between 2008 and 2011 the council planted more than 1,100 new street trees across the borough.
There are now more than 15,000 street trees growing in Wandsworth, many of which are looked after by street wardens, and another 60,000 that thrive in the borough's parks commons and open spaces.
Wandsworth was one of the first urban councils in the country to establish a network of tree wardens - ordinary members of the public who act as the eyes and ears of the town hall by keeping a close watch on the health and well-being of trees in their neighbourhood.