Join the new street tree care team

Street Trees for Living: Newsletter July 2021
Our extremely high street tree survival rate of 95% is something we are really proud of and we believe this is down to our rigorous and innovative tree care programme. Around 400 tree guardians make sure the new street trees are regularly watered during the first two years, which is crucial to their survival. We also carry out an annual tree audit to identify street tree issues at an early stage and organise tree maintenance days to deal with unwanted growth, weeds, cages, wobbly stakes and additional watering.

However there are many trees that need immediate care, and to improve our response rate we have recently set up a mobile team. We are now looking to expand this team with people who want to do occasional independent work outside. It will mostly be tidying up our trees and sometimes provide urgent watering. Access to a a car is useful, but won’t be essential for all jobs.

We are also looking for someone with good tree knowledge to work with and and advise the care team, especially in cases where trees are suffering from disease or damage. Please contact us if you would like to join the street tree care team:

New Area Reps needed for Grove Park, Bellingham, Downham, Whitefoot & Lee Green

Thirteen out of Lewisham’s 18 wards have a tree canopy of under 20%, which is below the London average of 21%. STfL is working towards achieving a 30% tree canopy cover across Lewisham in line with the Mayor of London’s target through our Schools Tree project and our annual street tree planting work with residents.

STfL area reps play a key role in increasing street tree numbers.  We currently have area rep vacancies in Grove Park, Bellingham, Downham, Whitefoot and Lee Green. Contact

Tree Care Tip:

With all this rain weeds have been growing around the base of street trees taking lots of nutrients out of the soil. Your trees will grow a lot better if you are able to keep the tree pits free of weeds by pulling and raking them out. It really helps getting them established. Thank you!

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