Help us water new trees

 

If you are able to help us continue to water new trees while maintaining government guidelines on social distancing please read our advice below on how you can help.

Tree

Trees are essential part of MK and we manage our trees using the urban forestry model. We want residents to be active in helping us to manage and care for Milton Keynes urban forest.

For the first three years, newly planted trees need a little extra care and attention to help them get established. The most critical element is to keep them well watered while they adjust to their new surroundings.

Newly planted trees will be watered by us regularly, but we need your help. If you notice a new tree on your street, you can do your bit. It doesn't matter whether you have a hosepipe, a watering can or even just the washing-up bowl. 

In return, the trees will provide clean air to breathe and homes for birds and creatures. It will help to cool the streets, combating the ill effects of climate change for future generations.

Here's what you could do to help: 

Guide to watering frequency for newly planted trees:

Month

First year after planting

Second year after planting

Third year after planting

April

Once per week – twice if very hot or dry

Only if very dry

Only if very dry

May

Once per week – twice if very hot or dry

Once per fortnight

Only if very dry

June

Once per week – twice if very hot or dry

Once per fortnight

Once per month

July

Once per week – twice if very hot or dry

Once per fortnight

Once per month

August

Once per week – twice if very hot or dry

Once per fortnight

Once per month

Last Updated: 12 June 2020