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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Haringey Council has partnered with charity Trees for Streets to make it easier for residents to fund tree planting in streets and parks across the borough.

Both the Haringey Street Tree Sponsorship Scheme and 'Celebration Tree' Scheme offer residents the opportunity to help making the borough a greener environment.

Residents can choose to sponsor a Street Tree right outside their house or in another nominated position. They can also sponsor a 'Celebration Tree' in one of Haringey's parks or recreation grounds.

The council then assesses the chosen location, and if it is suitable, arrangements will be made to plant a tree the following winter: the best time to plant young trees to ensure they grow and thrive.

It will cost £200 to sponsor a street tree if you are able to water it yourself, and £50 more should you want the council to do that for you. 

And to pay for a tree in one of parks it's also £250. 

Learn more at sponsor.treesforstreets.org/provider/haringey-council

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I don't want this to turn into an argument. It would be off-topic. Let's just agree to amicably disagree.

All PR hot air. Give is cleaner air and het speeding traffic off our litter-covered streets please

I live in Tottenham and a lot of trees are being knocked down by vans.  No-one in this area can afford £200 and then is worried that the tree is knocked down.  There should be obstacles underneath the tree so vans can't park and damage the trees. 

I think thats a good point Illona, this scheme and the charity that is providing the trees for £200 needs to build in something that means people and those with spare cash pay and some of that money goes towards making sure that just as many trees are planted in areas where there are fewer who can pay this. but in my experience it is good if there is some payment, even if small, rather than free. Even if it involves some local fundraising. As it engages people. If tree arrives free from somewhere (council or charity) local people usually dont get as engaged and are not likely to help nurture and look out for that tree. 

Look to my first post re 'white van man'. In my case it was a neighbour who deliberately rammed it almost daily on behalf of another neighbour who didn't like it.

The problem in my road was, and still is, HMO's. One or two neighbours in a property welcomed the trees but others in the same building didn't. Copper nails, hacksaws and rocking were some of the methods used to get rid of them.

The first week after this tree had been planted I had to go out and challenge a couple of brats who were intent on pulling the supporting posts out. Later they went for the tree but my dog let them know that it was her tree and to leave it alone. When hubby washed his van he would always stick the hose into the watering pipe when it wasn't actually being used.

So for me, to spend £200 for a tree to be planted out on the pavement would be a waste of money even if I could afford it.

I wish they'd cut down the awful ugly mutilated lime trees in our road and replace them with birches or rowans ...

Limes are lovely trees, but probably not the best street trees since the advent of widespread car ownership.

I have a 50 foot lime in the garden right behind mine. I have a love-hate relationship with it. A natural lime can look very elegant (there’s a great example on the north side of Middleton House). The tree behind us has been quite well pruned until the last time when it’s limbs were probably shortened too much. So it’s now half-way between statuesque and over-pruned.

Having said that, it’s still great for wildlife. But, it does create some issues with shade. If it were cut shorter, it would end up looking rather unattractive like those in a row of four limes in the same garden behind ours. (The garden behind ours is one of those unusually huge Ladder gardens, it’s profile having been dictated by the angle of the river, underground though it is at this point). I imagine that the trees used to be pleached, but have long since been left to their own devices, bar a  clumsy septenial pruning.

In addition to the fifty-footer, we have another lime, right on the border of our garden. Years back I paid to have the large lime crown-reduced because no one was managing it. At the same time, I asked the guys the lop a few feet off the much shorter lime on the border, with the idea being that I’d then be able to manage it myself. Since then I’ve been able to pollard the tree every three years or so. In the meantime, it provides a great support for a 15 foot Madame Alfred Carriere rose I planted many years ago. The rose is a spectacular repeater and fills the garden with a classic rose scent during the early and midsummer months.

So, I have a complex relationship with the limes in(-ish) and around my garden.

Not so long ago, I found out that limes were one of the first five species to recolonise Britain after the ice-age. That gave me a new perspective on them and makes it even harder to contemplate the removal of the larger tree. My sense is that if we can, we should learn to love this venerable old species and find a way to co-exist (though having said that, I agree that they’re not great street trees in this day and age). 

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