Welcome to Kingston Permaculture Reserve: an oasis for people and wildlife; a not-for-profit mixed orchard and tree nursery. To find out more about us please scroll down to About Us.
With the help of a small voluntary group of local residents we are working to help make Kingston even leafier. We would like to help by coming up with solutions and are conducting a
TREES FOR STREETS SURVEY
Street trees help make ‘leafy’ Kingston a pleasant place to live and work, but did you know there are 2,300 empty ‘pits’ in the borough where a tree has grown in the past?
Did you know that street trees where suitable can:
- help support our health and well-being (by creating a more ‘natural’ environment)
- provide food and shelter for wildlife (with their leaves, flowers and fruit)
- reduce storm water run-off quantity (by intercepting, slowing and reducing rainwater)
- improve air quality (by removing pollutants)
Royal Borough of Kingston’s tree strategy document in 2014 sought to reduce the backlog of empty tree pits by increasing replanting to 300 trees a year and this has not happened. Are you concerned?
We would like to hear what you think via a short survey. We will collate the results to share residents’ views with Councillors and Council Officers. We can’t promise what might happen, but with your support we hope that we can bring about change and get things moving! In areas where there are a number of volunteers willing to plant and maintain young trees, we could seek sponsorship/grants and get a trial going.
Voice your opinion on this issue: Please click here to complete the survey
Frequently asked questions:
1.) Are you seeking to plant apple trees in the streets? No. Fallen fruit would create a mess. Tree species are decided by council tree officers but you can share your view in the survey.
2.) Can I complete the survey if I don’t live in the Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames? Sorry, please don’t because the survey seeks to represent views of the residents to the council and councillors of the borough.