Tree planting and watering
Tree planting takes place between November and February. Our trees are planted in the winter months when they are dormant, as this increases survival rates. The council aims to plant at least 1500 new trees over the next three years.
In the planting season of 2019/20, Kingston Council planted 871 street trees and over 3,000 whips with the support of local communities in our green spaces. Read more here.
Where a tree is removed, it may not be possible to immediately replace a tree in that exact location, or it may take some time to plant another tree, but suitable vacant pits on streets are added to a planting list for future planting schemes.
It is really important that you do not plant trees on the public highway yourself - it can be incredibly dangerousee due to hidden cables and pipes under the surface. If you are interested in getting involved in tree planting and care, you might want to get involved in our tree wardens scheme.
When we plant new trees, we always include them in our watering rounds, but especially during dry weather they benefit from more regular watering, so please do water new trees on your street. Any watering is helpful, but please see below for general advice:
- One big drink a week is best, but more often is fine during very hot weather
- Ideally, try to give at least 1-2 watering cans per watering – although anything you can manage is great
- Tap water, rain water or even dishwater is fine. Please make sure no chemicals stronger than washing-up liquid are in the mix
- If there's a black watering tube at the base of the tree, please use that, although if it's easier, just slowly pour the water over the roots, letting the water soak deep into the soil
- Ask your neighbours to get involved, especially if you’re planning on going on holiday over the summer
- Try not to water when the ground is wet and soggy. Rainfall isn't always enough to satisfy newly planted trees, but too much water can be as bad as not enough
- If you use a hosepipe, do so safely – don't leave it unattended or trail it across the road
- The best time to water is either in the early morning or in the evening. Try to avoid the hottest part of the day, although water anytime is better than no water at all