Saturday 1 December 2018
This tree planting project was part of the Mayor of London’s initiative to plant 80,000 tree saplings throughout London on 1-2 December, in collaboration with The Woodland Trust and The Conservation Volunteers and will contribute to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
65 trees in the small park opposite Brentford Towers on Green Dragon Lane
(12 x Bird Cherry, 12 x Crab Apple, 12 x Hazel, 12 x Rowan, 12 x Grey Willow, 2 x Silver Birch, 2 x Field Maple, 1 x Magnolia Grandiflora)
The huge band of rain forecast to fall on Brentford during our Mayor of London tree planting project had thankfully petered out by 9.30am. Understandably this might have had an impact on potential helpers, however a hardy group of willing volunteers formed, including some from West Drayon, Acton, and beyond, determined to plant some trees on this designated weekend. It seemed that an event in Ealing had been postponed, and they found our listing on the Mayor’s website. Some people also donated the trees they’d won in the tree ballot, so in total we were able to plant 64 of the Mayor’s tree saplings in this location.
Many thanks to Dave and his team from Green Space 360 and Hounslow Council for allowing us to plant the trees here. They had prepared the ground in advance and also brought wood chips to cover the area and help allow the trees to grow. An additional special tree, a Magnolia Grandiflora, had been donated to us by the gardeners at Syon House. We’ve been looking for a home for it for over a year, and it was agreed to plant the tree at the top of the hill, which is wonderful.
Special thanks to the Mayor of Hounslow Councillor Samira Chaudary and Councillor Mel Collins coming along and supporting the project.
39 trees in a nursery at Mercury House, Windmill Road, Brentford
(7 x Bird Cherry, 7 x Crab Apple, 7 x Hazel, 7 x Rowan, 12 x Grey Willow)
At 1pm we arrived at Mercury House, where Lampton 360 had created a special nursery area for the tree saplings. They’ll stay in the nursery and be looked after by Mercury House residents and Grounds Maintenance for about 2 years and then relocated as follows:
– 5 trees at Mercury House
– 10 trees at Clayponds estate
– 5 trees at Brent Lea estate
– 4 trees at Layton Road estate
– 5 trees at Sidney Gardens
– 5 trees at The Mall
– 2+ trees at Haverfield estate near the shop
Lots of enthusiastic volunteers turned up at this event, including some residents of Mercury House, and two budding young gardeners. We took it in turns to plant the trees in rows, heal in the soil around the trees, and position bamboo sticks and protective plastic coverings. We’re grateful to Josef and his team for the preparation involved in making the nursery, and to Theresa and Andrea for giving permission for these trees to be planted on Hounslow Housing land.
These were the saplings when they arrived in Brentford on Tuesday:
20 x Bird Cherry, 20 x Crab Apple, 20 x Hazel, 20 x Rowan, 30 x Grey Willow