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Trees continue to bloom in Hounslow

Tue, 24 May 2016

 Five new trees have been planted in parks across Hounslow to ensure they remain a big feature in parks and open spaces for years to come.

Chiswick Cedars of Lebanon trees, taken from two different clones of the Chiswick House and Gardens’ trees family, are now planted in different parks across the borough.

Hounslow Council and Carillion, who manage the borough’s parks on the council’s behalf, have planted the five trees in Boston Manor Park, Beaversfield Park and Bedfont Lakes in the west of the borough and in the centre of the borough, in Inwood Park and Lampton Park.

In 2004 Chiswick was included in an English Heritage project to conserve this type of tree by extending where they grow.

Some will be used on the Chiswick estate and others will be offered to grow in other parks and gardens.

Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “This is great news and residents and visitors to these parks will be able to watch the trees grow year on year and know that they will be here for many years after that.

“Trees play an important part in the life of our parks and open spaces. We are delighted to be involved in such a major conservation project, so these trees and hopefully many others, can be enjoyed now and in the future.”

The trees are generally placed in an open space best suited to their eventual habit of a wide spread crown. These six new cedars will be included on the ‘young tree maintenance list’ where they will be watered, weeded, mulched and formatively pruned for the next few years until they are well established.

The trees were provided free of charge by Chiswick House Grounds, and Carillion supplied in-kind the material and labour needed to plant and maintain these trees.

Dave Horgan, Arboriculture Manager for Carillion, Hounslow said: “The parks were chosen as they are spread across the borough and are some of our busier parks.

“The Cedars were planted in a specific location at each park, so that in 40 to 50 years’ time, they will grow to be a prominent feature.”

There has been several other tree planting initiatives carried out across the borough, with 145 trees having been planted and 1,250 whips [small trees] put in place.

These six new cedar trees will be included on the ‘young tree maintenance list’ where they will be watered, weeded, mulched and formatively pruned for the next few years until they are well established.

The trees were provided free of charge by Chiswick House Grounds with Carillion supplying the material and labour needed to plant and maintain the trees.

If you would like to know more about planting and trees in Hounslow Parks and Open Spaces then please visit www.hounslow.info or email hounslowcommunities@carillionplc.com

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