Adopt a ‘tree pit’ scheme brings Redbridge neighbourhoods into bloom

Applications are now open for Redbridge residents to adopt tree pits on their local streets and bring their neighbourhoods into bloom.

The ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme is part of Redbridge Council’s community gardening initiative, and gives residents the chance to show trees on their street some love and boost biodiversity in Redbridge.

Now in its third year, the borough-wide initiative is a fun and interactive way to make neighbourhoods more attractive, as well as to support local wildlife, including bees and birds.

By adopting a tree pit near their home, residents can create a mini garden on their doorstep by planting flower seeds.

Leader of the council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “I am thrilled that applications for the ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme are open once again for Redbridge residents. I am proud that we have been able to run this scheme for the third year running, and I hope that residents wanting to get involved with planting on their local streets will apply to the scheme.

“Not only is gardening brilliant for mental wellbeing, but it will also brighten up our streets and boost local biodiversity.”

Cabinet member for Environment and Civic Pride, Cllr Jo Blackman said: “This initiative is another great example of the work taking place to create greener neighbourhoods, boost biodiversity and improve the borough’s street scene.”

Last year more than 1,300 individual tree pits were successfully adopted by residents and community groups.

Among those adopting last year was Heather Ward, from South Woodford.

Heather said: “Last year was the first time I took part and I’ve now got other neighbours on my street asking about the initiative after seeing my tree pit bloom.

“You really don’t need much gardening experience to take care of a tree pit and it’s quite easy to maintain so it’s something everyone can do.”

Sumaiya Lockhat-Badat from Clayhall also adopted a tree pit for her family last year.

Encouraging others to do the same Sumaiya said: “I adopted a tree pit for my daughters as we’d just moved into the area. They were really excited about having a tree pit to look after.

“It was also a great opportunity for them to learn more about gardening and how to get their tree pits blooming”

Applications can be made until Tuesday November 30.

Those applying to adopt a tree pit will receive a free packet of wildflower seeds, while stocks last.

If you applied last year you will have to re-apply again.

For more information, or to apply go to: https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/our-streets/adopt-and-water-a-tree/

Redbridge’s ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme is one of a number of projects led by the borough’s Our Streets Strategy, which focuses on social action and working with local communities to keep Redbridge’s street scene green, clean, safe and attractive.

For more information about the borough’s work under ‘Our Streets’ visit: www.redbridge.gov.uk/our-streets/

Mick Ferris

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