Civic Trees, part of the national green spaces company Glendale, is undertaking a major urban tree planting project in the London borough of Brent.
The £25,000 contract for the planting programme is with Brent Council and forms part of the council’s plans for enhancing the A5 Cricklewood Broadway.
39 London plane (Platanus x acerifolia) trees have so far been planted along the route in specially dug pits designed to help the trees bed in and protect the underground utilities.
Each pit is designed to fit exactly in the space allowed and has been filled with top soil. The trees have also been supported by underground guys.
Crews from Civic Trees battled some of the worst weather this spring has seen to undertake the job on time and to budget.
Deric Newman, sales manager at Civic Trees, said: “This job is not without the many challenges urban planting can present, especially given some of the weather conditions we saw earlier this year, but our team are doing a great job of overcoming them.
“We are using trees from our existing stock and that gives us the flexibility to deliver them as and when they were needed. Our team is self-contained and that also helps to minimise disruption on this main road during the planting.
“The London plane is a great heritage tree too, it has all the properties suited to an urban environment and has real longevity.
Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt said: “Research shows that trees in urban areas have a positive, stress-reducing effect and this is part of an extensive tree planting program aimed at creating an attractive and pleasant environment for our residents. Trees on our streets also filter pollution, provide shade and can support wildlife even in the harshest of urban environments.”