What have Street Tree groups been up to in 2017 and what have they achieved?
With the support of the Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, we have established a new partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council. Representatives of the Council and local residents gathered to celebrate this last week, planting a symbolic Freeman’s maple tree in the town’s Bellevue Park.
We presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Council for delivering their part of the Street Tree Project 2017, with a commitment to support representatives of community groups that have made use of our Street Tree Celebration Packs.
Hosted by the Friends of Middleton Park, street tree communities were invited to learn more about the project and its context in Leeds. In a joint partnership between us, Leeds City Council and Leeds University, we’re rolling out a programme of community led tree surveys to better understand the value of urban trees. This to inform how and where interventions can bring the most benefit to urban communities.
Street Trees is supporting Helensburgh Tree Trust to better engage with its community and council to look after the trees on its streets. It already does masses of work to get more trees in the ground, but needs more support from residents, and some help from the council to keep them safe from harm. We presented a cheque to cover the costs of special tree guards, and to publish invites and guidance on how to get involved.
A strong community, local primary school, Belfast City Council and the NI Department for Infrastructure teamed up to deliver real and sustainable change, working together to deliver a Sustainable Urban Drainage system on a street plagued with flooding for years. The community chose an avenue of cherry trees called Sunset Boulevard as part of the system, and they will be involved in every stage of the work. We’ve helped them all celebrate by encouraging the revitalisation of Tree Week as an annual event across Belfast
It doesn’t end there. We’re working together to build plans for the next phase in 2018, to show what can be achieved when communities and decision makers work in harmony. It’s not just these pilot areas either. We’re hearing stories from across the UK about events held through the summer, during Tree Week, and some that are still to happen. Have you been involved? Or do you want to be? We’d love to hear from you.
Don’t forget, the next round of Street Tree Celebration kits are up for grabs in the New Year. Trees bring our cities life, colour and beauty – keep them safe!