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Volunteers needed to water Bromley’s young trees

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 July 2018

Bromley Council needs volunteers to help water young trees in streets around the borough during the hot weather. Photo: Bromley Council

Bromley Council needs volunteers to help water young trees in streets around the borough during the hot weather. Photo: Bromley Council

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The hot spell has been with us a while now, and as water companies suggest we moderate our use Bromley Council has a different sort of shortage – it needs volunteers to water the trees.

Bromley has the largest tree stock of any London borough. Photo: Bromley CouncilBromley has the largest tree stock of any London borough. Photo: Bromley Council

The authority said urgent help is needed to water many of the young trees planted this year which are now suffering from the extreme heat.

Even with the shortage of rain, we have not yet officially reached drought conditions in the south east, but it can’t be far off.

In the meantime, watering schedules have been increased by the council’s contractor Gristwood and Toms to get the newly planted street trees through this difficult time.

The council said in addition to the emergency watering for young trees under stress, Tree Friends isalso helping by filling the watering bags of young street trees. But with so many to look after and with no rain forecast, extra help across the borough is very welcome.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, executive councillor for environment, said: “The recent glorious weather has been fantastic but it’s taken a toll on our vulnerable young trees and flowers.

“Our contractor and Tree Friends are doing extra watering to minimise losses but with the largest tree stock of all London boroughs, it would be good to have more assistance.”

He said anyone with a few minutes to spare can fill the watering bag of a young tree with water using a hose or watering can.

Trees improve the look and feel of our neighbourhood - in streets, parks and open spaces - and help make the borough a pleasant place to live, work and visit.

The council said it has more than 36,000 street trees and more than 500 newly planted this season.

Tree Friends are volunteers who help the council’s contractor maintain a healthy tree stock across the borough providing practical help in a variety of ways, including watering young trees.

Anyone who would like to become a Tree Friend or find out more is advised to go to the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/treefriends

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