Street trees are shown to have positive impacts on health, wildlife and property values. Unfortunately many trees planted by the council fail. It is reported that the Council will plant trees when they are ‘sponsored’.
Hopefully this is in addition to a current programme, but in view of the cuts to all activities related to the environment, this seems unlikely.
Interesting to see that the cost is £230. We have seen many street trees die within two years and not be replaced, so it would be interesting to know what guarantees are given with street plantings.
In response to a number of residents asking for trees to be replaced, or new trees to be planted in their local area, Bexley Council has introduced a Sponsor-A-Tree scheme.
This includes the supply and planting of the tree with stakes and tree guard, as well as two years’ of maintenance to help the tree establish.
The Council is anticipating that the cost could be shared among neighbours, local residents’ groups or businesses wanting to improve their local area.
For more information about Sponsor-A-Tree please call 020 8303 7777.