Sponsoring a tree for their street
Over the past two years 250 new trees have been planted in Harrow through the national charity initiative, Trees for Streets. The project has brought together residents, local businesses, Harrow Council and the Mayor of London, to make its streets greener, healthier and happier places to live. By sponsoring trees, Harrow locals have been able to help get trees in the ground.
Green my street
Residents and local businesses have used the interactive map on the Trees for Streets website to pick locations where they’d like to see a new street tree planted. Many residents have asked to fill gaps outside their houses or elsewhere on their streets; some opt to sponsor a tree in their favourite park.
It’s a very simple process – once the request is received, Harrow Council conducts a survey to make sure there are no obstructions such as cables, pipes or utility covers. If all is ok, the sponsor’s donation is accepted and that coming winter the council’s contractor is instructed to plant a new street tree at the approved location.
The single most expensive cost involved in planting and establishing a new tree is often the watering. It’s fantastic that so many residents have also taken on the job of watering their sponsored trees. This is a huge help and also a very rewarding activity, as it can offer opportunities for neighbours to get to know each other and feel more connected to their communities.
The Trees for Streets team met some of the wonderful local sponsors to catch up with them now that their tree is planted.
Jenny works from home and wanted to look out on some greenery, so she sponsored a tree outside her house. So, too, did Steve and Andrew. Andrew was bowled over at what a good size specimen had been planted, whilst a number of Steve’s neighbours have commented on how lovely the tree he sponsored is!
Often residents will club together to sponsor trees – just like Mirhir and his neighbour, who jointly sponsored a tree outside their houses. Meanwhile, The Radnor Residents Group sponsored 15 trees, helping turn their street into a local arboretum. Labels on each tree reveal who is looking after it.
Whilst we have lots of individual trees being sponsored, some residents sponsor multiple trees. One local hero funded a whopping 16 trees over the past two years to transform her street. What an incredible gift to her neighbourhood.
Get a tree planted this winter
If you’d like to get involved in greening a local street in Harrow maybe outside your house, your children’s school or along a local highstreet, visit treesforstreets.org/harrow today.
Sponsorship requests must be made by the end of November in order for trees to be planted this winter.