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Tree planting and watering

Help to boost the number of trees within the London Borough of Richmond.

Tree planting

The tree planting season runs from November to the end of March and during this period we undertake a programme of planting replacements for trees that have been lost as well as planting trees in new locations.

Many residents like to make suggestions for new tree planting locations. We value the importance of these suggestions and will be conducting a borough wide survey by the end of March 2022 to establish the tree planting potential within highways, parks and open spaces. As a result of this, we are not currently accepting new suggestions for planting locations, principally because we will be assessing all opportunities.

This is as part of the commitment within the Corporate Plan and in response to the Climate Emergency:

At the beginning of each season a schedule of planting locations will be published on our Trees section.

2020-2021 season

The climate emergency poses a significant challenge and trees play a key role in helping us to adapt to changing conditions, in understanding this we are committed to increasing the benefits of trees through increasing the canopy cover across the borough.

Whilst this season is the most challenging that we have ever experienced we have set ambitious targets and aim to plant more trees than have been planted over a single season in over ten years, and we have now planted 571 trees.

View tree planting locations (pdf, 326 KB) for 2020-2021.

Tree watering

We employ a specialist arborist contractor to plant and care for trees. The contractor is obliged to carry out a programme of watering, which begins in April and carries on throughout the growing season. We have a baseline frequency of watering of ten visits per annum. However, this is dynamic and based upon weather conditions, therefore during hot and dry spells we will operate increased watering regimes. We will monitor the condition of the tree to ensure that it is receiving adequate aftercare.

We do encourage supplementary watering if residents are able to do so, a couple of 5 litre watering cans every 2 to 3 days during dry periods will be sufficient in helping this new addition to establish and thrive in the landscape. 

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Updated: 15 June 2021