Local resident, Sarah, had for some time wanted to fill the empty spot outside her house with a new street tree. So when Haringey Council joined the charity run Trees for Streets scheme this summer, she leapt at the chance, and requested to sponsor a tree on the Trees for Streets website.
Her request was passed to the Tree & Nature Conservation team at Haringey Council, who checked that the location was suitable before approving the tree. They were also able to fulfil Sarah’s wish to have a flowering cherry tree planted – we always ask for any preferences the resident may have when sponsoring a tree, as sometime these requests are simple to accommodate.
Our Project Director, Simeon Linstead was joined at the planting by Councillor Mike Hakata – Deputy Leader Haringey Council, and Cabinet member for Environment Transport & Climate Emergency, as well as other representatives from the council.
The tree planting season has just started, and Sarah’s sponsored tree became the first of what will be around 200 trees to be planted in Haringey this year thanks to funding support from the Trees for Streets initiative.
Sarah was clearly delighted with the new tree:
“Trees are so important for the environment. There is a school opposite where I live, so hopefully this tree will make that walk to school route a bit more pleasant.”
Councillor Hakata has been a keen supporter of the Trees for Streets scheme since it launched in Haringey this summer, seeing it as a way to engage residents in a very positive way in greening where they live. Haringey Council funds tree planting in a number of ways, including grants, direct funding and now sponsorship, so Trees for Streets is a welcome addition to their overall tree planting strategy.