Trees on our streets

Sponsor a street tree

You can sponsor a new tree in your street, another street, in a park or open space in the borough for £350.

We welcome requests from individuals, residents associations, local organisations and companies who may wish to commemorate a special event, a birth, an anniversary or other occasion by sponsoring a tree and at the same time improve the local environment.

Please also note that we can no longer allow commemorative plaques at any location next to trees because of problems with vandalism and maintenance.

Locations of sponsored street trees 

Opportunities for planting are available on much of the land managed by Kingston Council, including parks and open spaces. We will offer advice on what type of tree is suitable and discuss the location of the tree with you. We generally try to match what is in the street scene already. If it is a new planting site then we undertake a service check before the site is agreed.

Sourcing our sponsored street trees 

We will purchase, plant and maintain the tree for two years. Of course the tree will always benefit from extra watering by the sponsor if they wish to do this. The tree will then be placed on the 3 year cyclical maintenance programme that all other street trees benefit from. The planting season runs from the beginning of November through to the middle of March. In order to give the trees the best possible start we do not  plant outside of these months.

Our trees are sourced from a specialist nursery who grow over 200,000 instant impact trees.  Choosing the right supplier makes a huge difference to how the plant establishes long term. Using British grown trees means they are fully acclimated to the British climate and less likely to suffer as a consequence. In recent years trees that have been imported  by British nurseries have brought with them devastating pests and diseases such as Oak Processionary Moth and Ash Die Back.

Therefore we only use suppliers with a high commitment to biosecurity that guards against these unwelcome pests and diseases. It is for this reason that we are unable to accept gifted trees or those that have been purchased privately.