Notes of the meeting between MVDC and Tree Wardens of Ashtead, Bookham, Fetcham & Leatherhead on TPOs and MVDC’s role in preserving trees.

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Report from Frances Fancourt

The Tree Warden group was formed in 2012 when Lawrence Hole advertised for new people to join him and form a local group. He had been a Tree warden with the Tree Council for a number of years, but was not affiliated with any local organisation. I was already on the BRA  Planning sub-committee ‘looking after trees’, having offered myself to Bookham Vision/Vanguard as someone to carry the case for our local trees. They did not see a role for a tree person so passed me on to Stan Miles on the BRA Planning sub-committee.

Five people responded to Lawrence Hole’s call for more tree wardens, including myself. Lawrence’s aim was to plant a tree in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee under the Tree Council’s Big Tree Plant initiative. At the same time the BRA had suggested the idea of planting a tree for each year of the Queen’s reign. On  studying the Tree Council’s Big Tree Plant documentation I noticed that it was possible to apply for whole planting schemes running over 3 years, and suggested that we plan a 3-year scheme rather than plant just one tree. Hence the idea of planting 40 trees emerged.

We offered to carry out the planting on behalf of the BRA, investigated planting sites and forwarded our plans to SCC or MVDC as appropriate. Our planting methods and aftercare improved after time and we lost quite a few of the earlier trees for various reasons. Most have since been replaced, and many more have been planted. Once we started receiving approval from local residents and dignitaries alike the ball kept rolling. Residents called us asking for trees to be planted in their roads.

We have now planted trees in most areas of Bookham and a few in Fetcham along Kennel Lane. The 100th tree was planted on a soggy grey day in February 2016. It is a Prunus Sargentii which was specifically requested by the residents around the Barn Meadow Lane green, where we also planted two other trees.

We plan to continue planting with authority permission especially where requested by local residents, keen to see their roadside verges improved. We care for the trees ourselves but we also rely on residents to help us water the trees for 5 years after planting; thus the survival rate for our verge trees is greater than when planted by local authorities without local resident help.

Every tree makes a difference to the aesthetics of the environment. Trees absorb CO2, gaseous pollutants and remove airborne particulates from the air; they also moderate heavy rainfall improving areas prone to flooding.

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
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
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)
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

Tree Wardens and helpers stop for a cup of coffee after planting a tree in The Garstons

Tree Wardens and helpers stop for a cup of coffee after planting a tree in The Garstons.