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Residents asked to think of young trees during the hot weather

9 August 2022

Council teams are working hard to establish all of our new trees during the hot weather, but residents can play their part to help them to thrive!

The Council carries out a regular programme of tree watering, which begins in April and continues throughout the growing season. During hot and dry spells the Council operate increased watering regimes and monitors the condition of trees to ensure that they receive adequate aftercare.

With increasing frequency of heatwaves and risk of drought, community watering to support Council efforts is becoming increasingly important, especially as we have over 1,000 young trees to attend to across the borough.

With help from residents, we can ensure trees are able to thrive, accelerating growth rates and maximising the benefits they bring to people and biodiversity.

During hot and dry conditions, residents can support these young trees by watering newly planted street trees, following these simple instructions:

  • Use two watering cans (containing around 10 litres of water in total) per tree, ideally every two days
  • Half the water (about 5 litres) should be poured into the installed watering tube and half poured over the surface of the tree pit. This is best done in the evenings or early mornings, to reduce water loss through evaporation that is more likely during the day
  • Where possible, we encourage the use of collected rainwater and grey water (for example bath or washing up water – water containing soap isn’t a problem)
  • Please communicate with your neighbours, to help coordinate watering efforts, share the load and prevent overwatering

Find out more about tree planting and watering.

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Updated: 14 September 2022

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