A number of neighbours have adopted the tree pits near their houses. They look great and help brighten the area, add to our increasing community ownership and demonstrate that we care about our area.
Improving the look of our streets can help reduce anti social behaviour including fly tipping, the work on the flower beds has generated a big reduction, probably the best example is the reduction in tipping at the Belgrave/Bounday road flower bed.
Chelmsford road is leading the way with many of its tree pits planted up with summer flowers. Lots of the streets had spring bulbs and recently neighbours on Wellesley and Somerset have adopted some of their nearest tree pits.
If you can get involved and help out please do. The tree pits can benefit from a bit of extra Soil or compost. Try to avoid damaging any of the tree roots, trees rely on roots much closer to the surface than you’d imagine. The new tree pits will be the easiest to plant and if you choose to adopt one of those try to keep the plastic tube free from soil as this is used by the council tree contractors to get water to the roots of young trees.
Drought tolerant and hardy plants will probably survive best and you might need to water the pits to get the plants established. Have a look at the good examples out there to see what works well.
And the trees themselves can benefit from a drink in this weather, a bowl full of used washing up water a week is a great boost.
Create your own mini garden!