We've just been told there is no budget for replacing estate trees that were lost after the recent storms, we are an estate in Southwark. Has anyone else been told this? And anyone know what Lambeth's policy is or other boroughs?
Trees aren't that expensive when they are are young. Maybe look into sorting it out yourselves if it can be done without the council getting a bee in it's bonnet.
I have planted a few myself. The reason you need the council on board is watering and maintenance. If you can do it yourselves then problem solved.
Hi Hetty, how many trees is it? It's worth contacting BOST to see if they can assist. However, if it's just a couple Davies is right they aren't too expensive. I bet there are people locally who would come and assist with planting and expertise if you post a request for help.
We are also getting to the end of the financial year, ask if they will replace them out of next years budget. You would need to wait a while, but trees need planting at particular times so you might have been waiting anyway.
Wow! All good suggestions. Many thanks. We already look after all the green areas on the estate and have planted lots of small trees and work with BOST and have received CGS funding.
In this instance though, we think we need council support due to the ongoing maintenance. It is just one tree, but it's in the central courtyard overlooked by all the flats - so it will need to be a big tree, one that as volunteers we can't take on longterm responsibility for. It also, as it's in such a prominent place, would be nice if it was relatively mature, which will potentially be heavy and require specialist planting.
There are lots of good names here though to look at.Thanks!