But slowly, one by one, the trees began to disappear. Every few months, teams of council contractors would come to remove trees, leaving only the mutilated stumps.
Action was needed. I spent several months emailing councilors, canvassing neighbours and calling the local tree officer – but when an email popped into my inbox in September 2017 telling me about the ‘We Love Street Trees’ campaign, I jumped at the chance to be involved. With a national charity behind me, I knew my campaign would have legs.
There was an easy online application form to fill in, which asked me for details about my street’s trees and what the campaign had achieved so far. Before I knew it, my ‘Street Trees Celebration Starter Kit’ was winging its way to me in the post.
I found the kit a great motivator. Packed with useful advice, ideas and stacks of promotional materials from badges to bin stickers and flyers, it was just what I needed to get my street trees event off the ground.