Bedford Borough Council is the latest to join our national street tree sponsorship scheme, enabling local residents to get trees planted in their neighbourhood by making a donation via our online app.
A street tree outside your home can reduce traffic noise and shade your pavement on hot days – as well as creating a new habitat for wildlife. Street trees have been shown to reduce traffic accidents, prevent flooding – even increase house prices. And people who live in tree-lined neighbourhoods have better levels of wellbeing than those who live in areas that are less green.
Our online platform makes it really easy for anyone in Bedford to sponsor a tree in their street to make a request to the council by providing a few simple details. The council then assesses the chosen location, and if it is suitable, arrangements will be made to plant a tree the following winter - the best time to plant young trees.
Once each street tree is planted, it will need watering every week throughout the summer for 3 years to give it the best chance of survival. So everyone can do their bit to help street trees to grow and thrive.
Our street tree watering tips:
- It’s best to water in the early morning or evening when it’s a bit cooler, so the tree can absorb as much of the water as possible before it evaporates in the sunshine.
- Young trees need 50 litres of water each week during the summer – that’s 5 standard watering cans, or 25 empty 2l drinks bottles! Get your neighbours to help, and you'll have it done in no time.
- If the tree has a watering pipe, pour half of the water down the pipe and the other half on ground around the tree trunk. If the tree has a watering bag, simply fill that.
- Get into a regular habit – we remind people on our social media channels to water trees on #WateringWednesday, but you could give your nearby tree a daily watering can full Monday to Friday instead, or do it all at the weekend – as long as it gets a good long drink.