Tree planting and care

Planting and looking after trees

The map below shows the number and diversity of types of trees on the Common.
Map of the trees on Stoke Newington Common

1998 saw the first tree planting in this current 'wave'. Four London Plane trees, a hornbeam and a field maple were planted by the Tree Musketeers, and local residents. Sadly two died as in the early days we did not realise just how much water young trees need, nor that they needed protection from dogs!

Since then about 100 trees have been incrementally planted by a partnership of the Tree Musketeers, SNUG volunteers and Hackney Council's Parks and Arboricultrual Department and our
The 'Big Tree' 2005

after-care knowledge has improved immnesley. Indeed we are in the lucky position of not rally having space for any more trees.

Early days - new trees

And now:

Trees help us in so many ways. They are vital to the air we breathe, help offset air pollution, absorb and reduce air and noise pollution, provide shade and habitat for birds, insects and other creatures.

As well as tree planting days, SNUG holds work days over the year to water and tend trees as necessary. Contact us for futher details.

Although the Common now has a healthy stock of trees, they are nonetheless quite fragile and each is precious.

Breaking branches or stripping bark can introduce disease and deprive a tree of nutrients and so eventually kill the tree.

Sometimes people or dogs remove the bark off trees. This can ultimately kill a tree and many trees we planted on the Common over the years have died after the bark was stipped off by people or poorly trained / badly treated dogs.

The pictures above are of Sanford Terrace before extensive hedge and tree planting,
and the pictures below were taken from the same spots now.

Many of our trees are commemorative.
A maple (Acer Rubrum) and a cherry tree (Prunus Okame- 'Taiwan cherry) were planted in honour of two SNUG members who died in recent years, Mahbub Miah and Cheryl Grey.

In 2009, an Atlas Ceder tree was planted and a plaque erected to commemorate the struggle to end the Atlantic African slave trade. Stoke Newington was home to many local Quakers and others who campaigned against the slave trade until it and slavery were finally made illegal in 1833. Joanna Vassa, the daughter of Olaudah Equiano, who wrote about being enslaved and campaigned for the abolition of slavery, is buried in Abney Park cemetery, as are many other abolitionists.

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