Our tree pits – how you can help

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!


One response to “Our tree pits – how you can help

  1. Alison Brown

    As someone who has experience of Chelmsford Road treepits, could I warn anyone setting up that marigolds appear to be the most likely plant to be stolen by human predators, although free from slugs there. Even at the very cheap prices of the plant stall in Wlathamstow market, it is really irritating when plants are stolen as marigolds would be unlikely to survive in the thieves’ back gardens as there are loads of slugs in all of ours. The tree pits are too dry for slugs, so those left intact do well

    Also , although lobelias look stunning and bright in the tree pits, they seem the most prone to being attractive to dogs wanting to pee , and that does seem to kil them. We have lost quite a lot that way

    Also if tree pits are not watered regularly , plants do wilt as the soil becomes very dry