Council urges residents' to help water struggling young trees

Cambridge City Council has asked residents to help water recently planted trees on their street that may be struggling in the ongoing hot, dry weather.

Image: Cambridge City Council
Image: Cambridge City Council

The council plants around 250 new trees every year and said that for their first three years, newly planted trees need extra care and attention to help them become established.

They are urging anyone who spots a new tree on their street to water it, by hosepipe, watering can or a bowl of used washing-up or bath water  though they point out: "Please make sure no chemicals stronger than washing-up liquid are in the mix."

It is also encouraging residents to share their tree watering efforts on social media using the hashtag #CamTrees.

Cllr Anna Smith, the city's executive councillor for streets and open spaces, said: "Trees add to the beauty of our city and we know how important they are for health, environmental and other reasons. That is why our tree strategy focuses on adding resilience to Cambridge’s urban forest and planting new trees.

"All help from residents to water new or young trees on their street would be very welcome as it is in everyone’s interest to make sure these trees make it through the summer and beyond in good health."


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