Stop, Look and Water the Trees

26th May 2020

Three Rivers is supporting the Arboricultural AssociationLondon Tree Officers Association (LTOA), Municipal Tree Officers Association (MTOA) and the Association of Tree Officers (ATO) who have launched a campaign to ensure that newly planted trees are watered regularly over the summer months, highlighting that young tree maintenance is equally as important as planting. 

Every little millilitre of water in your bottles is precious. When you are walking past a tree, please empty the last drop in your bottles for the trees.  

The dry weather which we are experiencing is also affecting the trees as people who used to water them may no longer able to do so. Three Rivers have planted many trees, however, without proper aftercare, they will not make it into maturity. 

Cllr Phil Williams, Lead Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “We must keep expanding our tree cover and tackle climate change. It is really important now more than ever, that we work together to keep our trees alive, particularly the newly planted ones. 

“Trees and woods continue to help with biodiversity and bring us shelter, they benefit our health and wellbeing too. Let’s carry on seeing their beauty and value the role they play in our lives and the environment too.”  

Cllr Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure, added: “When out running and walking I have seen new street trees as well new trees in parks and other locations. We are having a dry summer, please water your local trees and plants. Their survival depends on us taking care of them.”