Does the road you live in have a grass verge?
Would you like a tree or trees to grow there? Hampshire County Council Highways department is inviting you to request that they plant one for you, free of charge!
Yes, it’s now possible to ask for a tree, or trees to be planted along your street. Trees will add beauty, help clean the air and keep your environment cool during the hotter summers we are now experiencing. They provide havens for birds and insects, and capture carbon.
To ask for a tree to be planted, visit
https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems/tree-planting and see what’s on offer. Then click on the green button at the bottom of the page and make your request – you can also express a preference for the type of tree to be planted.
The Highways Department has been enhancing the tree cover along several streets in recent years and is keen to plant more. Not every site will be suitable, but your chance of success is going to be much greater if you make a request using the procedure above.
No grass verge?
We appreciate that not everyone is lucky enough to have a grass verge but if you have nearby areas of public land it may be worth approaching your local borough council and asking if they have a similar scheme.
Care for your tree
If a tree is planted near you, bear in mind that its chances of surviving and thriving will be much higher if you water it during dry spells especially between May to September. Please give it two buckets a week, – washing up water or bath water will do nicely.
Author Sarah Hirom ( adapted from an article by Andy Moffat)