Tree Adoption scheme gets a new parent

February 18, 2014 1:09 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is adopting a tree, in a bid to preserve Sutton's reputation as one of the greenest boroughs in London.

Local MP Tom Brake has become the latest resident to sign up to Sutton Council's tree-fostering scheme. Tom has agreed to get his green thumbs dirty and look after a newly-planted hornbeam tree.

Tom commented: "The tree adoption scheme is a great project. I know that Carshalton and Wallington residents take great pride in their neighbourhoods. While not everybody can actively participate in tree planting, the scheme gives everyone who cares about our landscape and environment a chance to get involved."

"I would encourage everyone to be a positive force on our borough and help leave a green legacy by adopting a tree."

The tree-fostering scheme was started by Sutton Council to draw on and strengthen Sutton's record of strong community engagement and provide real value for money for the residents.

Each tree costs around £60 to buy and a further £25-30 to plant, but the scheme saves the borough up to £135, as residents take on watering the tree in the dry months and, if they want to, loosening tree ties and trimming off broken twigs. Duties also include keeping an eye on the tree's health and informing Sutton Council if the tree needs attention.

To find out more about the scheme, or if you are interested in joining, please contact Maggie White at Sutton Council on 0208 770 5070 or via

Tom's Tree

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