Winston Rd Tree Pit Garden
This tree pit has been planted-up by a Winston Road resident and Tree Carer, who is looking after and watering this new street tree with about 20litres a week. Several of the new trees in Winston Road were provided by NGAG as part of the WING project, whilst others were provided by Hackney Council's tree officer, Rupert Bentley Walls.
The flowers under this tree are making a beautiful addition to the street and the tree is growing strongly. Young trees need lots of water but, thanks to the Tree Carer, this tree is getting enough water to cope with the fact that is is competing with the flowers for nutrients.
A number of other residents in Winston Road have also become Tree Carers and have planted up 'their' tree pits, so that the road is gradually changing in character and looks great. Interestingly, the trees, the tree pit gardens and caring for them, are helping to bring the Winston Road residents together as a community.
Make a Tree Pit Garden
With this type of care the young trees, 30 of which the Newington Green Action Group has had planted in our local streets, will be able to establish a good and healthy root system and grow strongly. With flowers planted underneath, there will be a need for even more regular watering, to ensure the garden does not take water away from the young tree.
If you do not have a garden of your own, you could adopt a tree pit, beg some plants from friends and fill it with flowers for little or no money.
We would love more people to plant up the tree pits with small plants that will not take away nourishment from the trees, plus to care and water our new street trees. Our streets will look great and be nicer to live in.
Points to consider
Edging around the tree pit helps to keep the water in the pit and feet off the planting. It is best to use the type of edging which is pegged down into the soil, so that you do not damage or even cut off tree roots when you push the edging into the earth.
All sorts of plants can be used and if you can include ones that encourage bees, that will be even better. Please avoid using strong climbers such as ivy and honeysuckle, or prickly plants. Annual climbers such as the sweet peas in this tree pit will look lovely and will not cause problems for the trees, or for the Tree Officers when they try to inspect for tree damage.