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 your home, you can create your own mini garden on your doorstep by planting flower seeds.
With regular love and care, you’ll soon see your tree pit bloom to bring splashes of colour to your street.
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.
“By adopting a tree pit you can help create attractive and colourful spaces on your street that can be enjoyed by all, and you’ll be supporting local wildlife along the way -so get those applications in and help bring Redbridge’s tree pits to bloom!”
Last year more than 1300 individual tree pits were successfully adopted by residents and community groups.
Among those adopting last year was resident Heather Ward, from South Woodford.
Speaking about the initiative 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.
“Whenever I pass my two adopted tree pits they make me really happy. Not only do they make the street look bright and beautiful, but my neighbours also appreciate them. I’ll definitely be re-adopting my two tree pits again for this year.”
Local resident 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.
“We’ve really enjoyed looking after our one. I’d encourage everyone to give it a go and get involved. I’ll definitely be re-applying to adopt more tree pits this year!”
Applications can be made from Monday 6 September – Tuesday 30 November.
Those applying to adopt a tree pit will receive a free packet of wildflower seeds, while stocks last– so get your application in early.
If you applied last year you will have to re-apply again this year as all adoptions are for a minimum of one year.
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/