National Tree Week: Christmas trees, free tree saplings, and 3,000 new trees for Hillingdon
Wednesday 26 November: It's National Tree Week (Saturday 28 November to 6 December) and Hillingdon Council's Rural Activities Garden Centre (RAGC) is once again offering residents free tree saplings and Christmas trees are now available to purchase, while elsewhere in the borough 3,000 new trees are being planted.
The RAGC in Yiewsley is giving away 1,000 tree saplings, with varieties including Whitebeam, Hawthorn, Rowan, Crab Apple, Hazel, Cherry and Downy Birch. The saplings are free to Hillingdon residents, schools and businesses (maximum five per customer) while stocks last. Find out more and book a slot for collection by visiting www.hillingdon.gov.uk/freetrees.
Real Christmas trees are now available to purchase from the RAGC. There are a wide selection of cut, potted and rooted Christmas trees. Trees can be chosen, paid for and collected from the RAGC (15-minute collection slots are available) or you can have a tree delivered for free. Full details on pricing and further information is available on www.hillingdon.gov.uk/christmastrees.
In addition, the council has once again been granted 3,000 new trees as part of the Trees for Cities tree-planting project - a partnership between the council, Trees for Cities and for the first time Ecosia. This year's tree planting is dedicated to NHS key workers as a long-term tribute for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are being planted in Colham Green, which is near Hillingdon Hospital, with 500 already planted this month.
The 3,000 new trees include 14 fruit trees, which will provide a valuable habitat for local wildlife, while also improving air quality, increasing biodiversity and adding splashes of colour to Colham Green. The work will also connect the recreation area and the existing wooded area. A new woodland will be created in the recreation area which will also extend the existing wooded area. The work will improve public access to the woodlands and make better use the spaces.
Cllr Philip Corthorne, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and the Environment, said: "Planting isn't just great for the environment - it brings lots of benefits to residents' health and wellbeing. So, we're encouraging people to collect up to five free saplings and play their part in making our neighbourhoods greener.
"We're also pleased to be working with Trees for Cities again this year to plant new trees in Hillingdon, which builds on the work we are carrying out to look after the environment, tackle climate change and improve air quality.
"I'm looking forward to seeing them flourish in the spring, and also witness the great long-term benefits they will bring to the local area and environment - all while leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come."