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Maintenance and watering of young trees is just as important as planting

Bedford Borough Council has joined with the Arboricultural Association, London Tree Officers Association, Municipal Tree Officers Association and the Association of Tree Officers in their campaign to ensure that newly planted trees are watered regularly over the summer months.

Maintenance and watering of young trees is as important as planting. Newly-planted trees need to be watered regularly over the summer months if they are going to become established and thrive.

The dry weather, which much of the UK experienced during April, raised the question about how trees might be affected by COVID-19 if those people who ordinarily water them are no longer able to do so

Bedford Borough Council has planted over 900 trees in the last two years, but due to the dry spring, many of these trees are struggling to survive.

It is encouraging residents to get involved by watering newly planted trees. If you have a tree outside your home, or you pass by one while out exercising you can help.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for Environment said:

“Planting and ensuring trees become established and thrive is great for the environment, for local neighbourhoods, and to keep our Borough looking its best.

“With the dry weather being experienced across the country, national organisations are encouraging people to help keep new trees watered and the Council is pleased to our add our voice to this locally.

“Every bit of water helps, so if have a newly planted tree outside your home or nearby please do help us keep these trees healthy and growing.”

If you would like to report a young tree in need of water, contact the tree team by email at or by calling 01234 267422.