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Hartland Road Tree Transformation

A newly planted evergreen oak

Reading Tree Wardens, volunteers from Investec Asset Finance and Reading Borough Council (RBC) trees team all took part in a tree planting day on Hartland Road in Whitley on Thursday 8 March.

Trees for Cities provided funding for the thirty-nine evergreen oaks, deciduous oaks and ornamental pears [see notes] specially selected by the Head of RBC Parks. The trees were planted all the way down Hartland Road from Northumberland Avenue to Basingstoke Road.

RBC tree team with trees ready for planting

Dave Kenny of Reading Tree Wardens explained that the street, with wide grass verges, was a good environment for trees and that the slow growing species selected would transform the appearance of the street in five to ten years.

Root barriers were planted with the tree as a precaution against roots disturbing the footpath and road. After planting, the trees would be supported with four stakes and for two years, as they became established, they would be watered by RBC. Local residents could also water them during this time.

As well as improving the appearance of a fairly busy Whitley street, Hartland Road trees will benefit local wildlife such as birds and bats who will use it as a green corridor from The Cowsey to Whitley Wood Recreation Ground.

The volunteers from Investec are based at nearby Reading International Business Park.

  1. Reading Tree Wardens
  2. Trees for Cities
  3. Investec
  4. Reading Borough Council – Trees
  5. Reading Borough Council – Landscape, Ground Maintenance and Tree Works
  6. Reading Old Cemetery gets a spring clean
  7. The Cowsey
  8. Reading International Business Park


Numbers and Latin names for the trees planted are:
16 Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer
6 Quercus ilex
6 Quercus robur ‘Regal Prince’
3 Quercus cerris Marvellous
1 Quercus myrisinifolia
7 Quercus turneri Pseudoturneri

1 comment

  1. Matthew Farrall

    14 March 2018 at 9.21 pm

    That is an inspiring story – love the green corridor effect.

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