Protect your local trees

Residents on a local estate adopt some nearby trees

An adopted tree on the Ferry Lane Estate
Credit: Quentin Given

By Quentin Given, Coordinator, Tottenham and Wood Green Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth Tottenham and Wood Green is urging people to look after your local trees, especially young ones, in your street but also in parks and gardens.

On Ferry Lane Estate in Tottenham Hale, the residents’ association has asked people to adopt some of the 80 trees planted in the last year, and so far over 30 have been adopted.

Residents have tied a tag or ribbon on their trees so we know which ones are being cared for, and the council has loaned the association a trolley and canisters to help transport the water.

Trees help reduce local air pollution, and give us shade during the heatwaves that climate breakdown is making more common. In Tottenham we suffer from serious air pollution that affects people’s health, and we need the shade that the trees provide.

Our trees are threatened by drought, and trees stressed by drought are also more vulnerable to disease. Young newly-planted trees are especially vulnerable because they haven’t had time to build up their root network.

We had a very wet winter but we’ve had very little rain since February, so the ground is drying out. We need to start watering trees now before the hottest months so they are in good health to survive any heatwaves.

Can you adopt one or more trees? So far about 15 households have adopted trees on the Ferry Lane Estate. Anyone can do so provided it is safe – some of the trees on the estate are across a road, so people have to take care of traffic, especially when taking their children to help.

People don’t need permission to water trees but it’s a good idea to put a marker on your trees so other neighbours know someone is looking after them.

Johannes and Annelie Kops who live in Erskine Crescent on Ferry Lane Estate, said: “It was heartbreaking to see 200 mature trees being cut down along Jarrow Road, to allow for Network Rail’s track extension. Now we want to do our bit to help the few replacement trees survive the hot summers.”

For more information:
If it’s a street tree that you’d like to take care of, let the Haringey Tree
Officer know: email

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