Trees

Bookham’s Green Spaces

Frances Fancourt

The July issue of the RHS magazine “The Garden” discusses the importance of plants and climate change. Every green leaf, big and small, takes carbon out of the atmosphere. This becomes locked underground, aiding the fight against climate change. Particularly good are hedges containing multiple plant varieties. They provide dense leaf cover, wildlife habitats, can provide year-round flowers and berries, and require minimal pruning. Instead of a bland wooden fence or a monoculture of conifer or laurel which require regular maintenance, consider a mix of shrub types around your property boundaries and make a positive contribution to the environment.

We are currently looking at improving the central shopping areas which involves both weed and branch clearance and some planting in conjunction with Mole Valley District Council. We also have a maintenance work list for trees around Bookham’s verges, cutting back growth along the Dorking Road footpath, dead tree removal in Park Way and The Lorne, and improving sight lines on the Lower Road approach to Howard of Effingham School. Dead or over-long branches will be pruned at various locations, and scruffy growth removed. There is never enough money to do everything, but we believe that we have made a difference over the past few years, operating with funds from Councillor Clare Curran’s Surrey County Council budget, and a small amount from the BRA when necessary. This also covers replanting.

We plan to plant trees in The Garstons, Pine Dean, Sole Farm Road, Crabtree Lane, Howard Road and Richmond Way this winter.

In July this year our founder Tree Warden, Lawrence Hole, died after a short illness. His legacy is the 100+ trees visible around our verges. If you would like to help us continue planting and caring for trees around Bookham, please call us to discuss what is involved. You could become a full Tree Warden or just help us with occasional tree planting and care.


Update – June 2017. There are now 113 trees planted by Bookham Tree Wardens and the Bookham Residents’ Association. Details are listed below

Tree Number:Location:Tree type:
1The Dawnay SchoolPin Oak
2Polesden Lacey SchoolPin Oak
3Eastwick Junior SchoolPin Oak
4Barn Hall FieldSweet Chestnut
5Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
6Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
7Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
8Lower Road, 248Red Maple
9Lower Road, corner The GarstonsMaple
10Chrystie Recreation GroundScots Pine
11Chrystie Recreation GroundScots Pine
12Chrystie Recreation GroundScots Pine
13A246 near Fairfield CloseMaple
14A246 Allen Road sectionOak
15A246 Allen Road sectionCopper beech
16Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
17Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
18Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
19Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
20Polesden Lacey School replacement treeOak
21DownswayRed Maple
22DownswaySorbus
23Blackthorne RoadScarlet Hawthorn
24Blackthorne RoadRed leaf prunus
25Halepit RoadSilver birch
26Halepit RoadWhitebeam
27Howard RoadRed hawthorn
28Howard RoadWhitebeam
29Hilltop RiseAmelanchier
30Hilltop RiseScarlet Hawthorn
31Hilltop RiseSorbus
32Dawnay RoadPrunus padus waterii
33Dawnay RoadPrunus padus waterii
34Dawnay RoadPink hawthorn
35Barn Hall field replacement treeOak
36A246 Allen Road section replacementOak
37A246 Allen Road section replacementCopper beech
38Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
39Lower Road near Eastwick Park AveMaple
40The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
41The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
42The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
43The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
44The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
45The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
46The Garstons replacement treeWinter flowering cherry
47Crabtree Lane replacement treeFlowering crab apple
48Mead CrescentAmelanchier
49SCC field off Barn Hall field/Mead Cres.Amelanchier
50Mead CrescentFlowering crab apple
51248 Lower Road replacement treeRed maple
524 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
536 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
548 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
5562a Barn Meadow LanePurple leaf prunus
56Tudor CloseWhite bark birch
57Sheridans RoadWhite flowering cherry
58Sheridans RoadWhite flowering cherry
5924 Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
6029 Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
61Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
62Eastwick Drive near MeadowsideWhite Hawthorn
63Hawkwood RiseWeeping copper beech
64Hilltop RisePurple leaf plum
6525 Eastwick Park AvenueWinter flowering cherry
6626 Eastwick Park AvenueWinter flowering cherry
67Eastwick Park AvenueMongolian lime
68Richmond WayWhite bark birch
69Richmond WayWhite bark birch
70Richmond WayMaple variety
71Richmond WayMaple variety
72Richmond WayMaple variety
73Richmond WayMaple variety
74Richmond WayMaple variety
75Richmond WayMaple variety
76Richmond WayMaple variety
77Richmond WayMaple variety
78Richmond WayMaple variety
79HarecroftMaple variety
80HarecroftMaple variety
81HarecroftSorbus
82Allen RoadFlowering cherry
83Allen RoadFlowering cherry
84Allen RoadFlowering cherry
85Allen RoadFlowering cherry
86Vicarage CloseSorbus
87Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
88Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
89Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
90Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
91Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
92Lower ShottWinter flowering cherry
93Beales RoadWinter flowering cherry
94Beales RoadPrunus
95Beales RoadHawthorn
96Eastwick Park Avenue fieldSilver birch
97A246 Allen Road sectionSweet chestnut
98Barn Meadow Lane greenSorbus
99Barn Meadow Lane greenStrawberry Tree
100Barn Meadow Lane greenPrunus
101SCC field off The GarstonsOak (quercus robur)
102SCC field off The GarstonsWeeping pear (Pyrus pendula)
103SCC field off The GarstonsLiquidamber syraciflua
104 - 107The Garstons4 x flowering cherries: Prunus horinjii, Prunus Pink Parasol
108The GarstonsSilver birch (Betula alba pendula)
109The GarstonsOriental hawthorn (craetagus orientalis)
110The GarstonsPrunus Royal Burgundy
111The GarstonsWhite bark birch (Betula Jacquemontii)
112 - 113Vicarage Close2 x Oriental hawthorn (craetagus orientalis)
114GilmaisSilver Birch (Betula alb. Red Panda)
115GilmaisSorbus
116Hilltop RisePrunus Royal Burgundy
117A246 Allan Road section:Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Saturday morning February 13th 2016 saw the planting of the 100th tree on the initiative of the Bookham Residents Association in Bookham

 

100th Tree Planting