• Norwood Forum

Help trees survive the heatwave

Give a young tree on your street or daily walk some water.

Humans need to drink lots of water every day for the health of our bodies. In hot weather, we need to hydrate even more. The same is true for the trees that keep our streets shady and keep down the heat, absorb air pollution and carbon dioxide, and give us oxygen in return.

New trees on streets over recent years don’t have rich fertile soil to grow into, and even when rain soaks the streets, it doesn’t soak into the ground for them to drink up slowly – it runs quickly into the drains.

Its easy to give something back to the trees that protect our environment– just twice a week, take out a couple of big jugs of water or a bucket and slowly give your neighbourhood tree a drink. Trees are (as you might expect) environmentally friendly and like recycled water – from a bath, washing up, or rain barrel.

Please find further advice on when, how much, and what kind of water to use for young trees on your streets at the Love Lambeth website.