Win your own tree and help bor­ough flour­ish

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RESIDENTS have the chance to win their very own tree in a com­pe­ti­tion launched dur­ing Lon­don Tree Week which runs un­til June 5.

Tree lovers can stop by one of 12 spe­cial trees fea­tured in Hilling­don Coun­cil’s Lit­tle Book of Im­por­tant Trees, where they’ll find the se­cret com­pe­ti­tion plaque - on or near each tree - with a QR code and web ad­dress for en­try into the com­pe­ti­tion. There is also the op­tion of tak­ing and up­load­ing a ‘tree selfie’ for the chance to win bonus prizes.

A win­ner will be picked at ran­dom when the com­pe­ti­tion ends on Au­gust 31, with prizes awarded at the an­nual Au­tumn Show in Septem­ber. The prize tree can be planted in the win­ner’s gar­den or in one of Hilling­don’s green spa­ces close by. There will also be spe­cial tree-themed chil­dren’s prizes and prizes for the best tree selfie.

Hilling­don is one of the cap­i­tal’s green­est bor­oughs, so the coun­cil is es­pe­cially in­vested in pre­serv­ing its trees and well un­der­stands the ben­e­fits they bring.

Trees and Wood­lands Of­fi­cers are lead­ing guided walks for Lon­don Tree Week in Cran­ford Park to­day (Wed­nes­day) and Bay­hurst Wood on Satur­day show­ing peo­ple and talk­ing about the spe­cial trees planted there.

The coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of ap­prox­i­mately 16,000 street trees, 5,500 hous­ing es­tate trees and many thou­sands of park trees. They also con­trol the man­age­ment of thou­sands of pri­vately-owned pro­tected trees.

The coun­cil’s tree re­place­ment pol­icy en­sures that the trees they re­move are re­placed dur­ing plant­ing sea­son, from Novem­ber to March.

Cllr Bianco, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Fi­nance, Prop­erty and Busi­ness Ser­vices, said: “Hilling­don Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to keep­ing our trees safe by prun­ing, pol­lard­ing and where nec­es­sary re­mov­ing trees - but we al­ways re­plant to re­cover losses.

“There are trees in the bor­ough that are over 500 years old, which is quite re­mark­able if you think about it. Lon­don Tree Week is great op­por­tu­nity to shine a spot­light on the bor­ough’s top trees.”

Find out more about Hilling­don’s trees and Lon­don Tree Week at www.hilling­don.gov.uk/ trees.

n AN­CIENT TREE: The sy­camore in Park Lodge Farm in Hare­field is more than 500 years old

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