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Applications reopen for ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme in Redbridge

The ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme is in it’s third year 

Residents in Redbridge can now apply to ‘adopt a tree pit’ in their neighbourhood for the third year.

The scheme is part of Redbridge Council’s community gardening initiative that encourages residents to help plant more flowers in the area.

It’s hoped the mini gardens will boost biodiversity in the borough and support local wildlife, including bees and birds.

More than 1,300 individual tree pits were successfully adopted by residents and community groups last year.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “I am thrilled that applications for the ‘Adopt a Tree Pit’ scheme are open once again for Redbridge residents.

“I am proud that we have been able to run this scheme for the third year running, and I hope that residents wanting to get involved with planting on their local streets will apply to the scheme.

“Not only is gardening brilliant for mental wellbeing, but it will also brighten up our streets and boost local biodiversity.”

Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride, Cllr Jo Blackman said: “This initiative is another great example of the work taking place to create greener neighbourhoods, boost biodiversity and improve the borough’s street scene.

“By adopting a tree pit you can help create attractive and colourful spaces on your street that can be enjoyed by all, and you’ll be supporting local wildlife along the way -so get those applications in and help bring Redbridge’s tree pits to bloom!”

Heather Ward, from South Woodford adopted a tree pit last year.

Speaking about the initiative Heather said: “Last year was the first time I took part and I’ve now got other neighbours on my street asking about the initiative after seeing my tree pit bloom.

“You really don’t need much gardening experience to take care of a tree pit and it’s quite easy to maintain so it’s something everyone can do.

“Whenever I pass my two adopted tree pits they make me really happy. Not only do they make the street look bright and beautiful, but my neighbours also appreciate them.

“I’ll definitely be re-adopting my two tree pits again for this year.”

Those who applied last year are being asked to re-apply again this year as all adoptions are for a minimum of one year.

Further information for anyone wanting to apply can be found on the Redbridge Council website.

Applications close at the end of November.

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