Council offers free trees to residents
Monday 7 October: Hillingdon Council is giving away 5,000 tree saplings to help the borough become a greener and healthier place to live, work and visit.
From 22 October (school half-term week), residents, local businesses, community groups and schools will be invited to collect up to 10 saplings each (of nine different species) from collection points across the borough, including the Rural Activities Garden Centre in West Drayton Road, Yiewsley and Hillingdon libraries.
To redeem this offer, residents are being asked to cut out the voucher published on page 20 of the September/October issue of Hillingdon People or print the voucher from the online copy at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/hillingdonpeople
Before collecting a sapling, residents are encouraged to check they have a suitable location on their premises where the tree has enough space to grow.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Finance, Property, and Business Services, said: "We're aware of the growing concern about environmental issues and are keen to build on the work we're already doing to plant more trees and improve air quality.
"Trees do such an important job of trapping and dispersing pollution, ensuring the air is clean. So increasing the number of trees, particularly in dense urban areas, will help us all breathe more easily, as well as making our neighbourhoods even greener and more pleasant.
"With so many benefits for us all, we encourage everyone who can, to plant a tree and leave a lasting legacy for future generations."
The council plants new trees across the borough every year, with more than 2,500 planted over the past five years. It has also introduced a new planting programme in parks and open spaces, at sites including Stonefield Park, Fairway Recreation Ground, Northwood Recreation Ground, Yiewsley Recreation Ground, Barra Hall Park and Harmondsworth Recreation Ground.
For more information and handy tips on how to plant and care for new trees, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/freetrees
Trees are subject to availability. Ruislip Manor Library is currently closed for refurbishment.