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Residents invited to help shape Kingston Council’s tree planting plan

Residents are invited to help shape this year’s (2019/20) tree planting programme by selecting locations and picking their favourite tree types*.

The council has identified all available planting locations in the borough, including roads with space for new trees in existing pits, suitable grass verges and local parks. Residents can select three locations that they would most like to see new trees.

Between the months of November 2019 and March 2020, the council will be planting more than 600 trees across the borough, prioritising areas of poor air quality, including outside schools, areas where there are fewer trees and where we’ve had requests from residents.

200 trees have been set aside for planting requests and local people are invited to share their views on planting sites and tree species by Friday 25 October. 

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“Residents know their local area well, so we’re asking them to tell us what trees they’d like to see and where. I look forward to seeing what submissions are made to contribute to our plans for a Cleaner, Greener Kingston.” 

Residents and community groups who are interested in getting more involved in the planting and maintenance of trees are also being encouraged to join the new Tree Warden programme.

Those that sign up to become wardens will play an active role in conserving and enhancing trees in their local community, helping organise planting events, watering, monitoring and reporting diseased, decayed and damaged trees as well as helping raise funds to ‘sponsor a tree’.

To find out how to become a Tree Warden please visit: kingston.gov.uk/tree-warden-scheme

To have your say on the 2019/20 winter tree planting plan please visit: kingstonletstalk.co.uk/winter-tree-planting. The deadline for submissions is Friday 25 October. 

The final 2019/20 tree planting plan will be published in November 2019.

Notes to Editors

*The council aims to fulfil all requests this winter, but if there are a particularly high number of requests, some may be rolled over to next year.

There are a limited number of each tree species available but the council will try its best to match the selected tree types to the specified locations. However, the ultimate decision will be made by a suitably qualified officer, who will take residents preferences into account, but also look at local conditions of the site to determine which trees will flourish there.

For residents that don’t have access to the internet or need help to have their say, they can share their views by calling 020 8547 5002 between 9am and 5pm or by visiting the Green Spaces stand at one of the upcoming Let’s Talk events:

Thursday 10 October (9am-12pm) Glenmore House, Surbiton
Wednesday 23 October (4-7pm) Christ Church, New Malden

There will be various stands with experts from different services including Adult Social Care, Housing and Climate change, covering future plans and hoping to gather ideas and thoughts on the council’s proposals.