Air Quality Management Area 5 - Pollution in Greenstreet (A2)


There aren't many places suited to planting trees along Greenstreet because of pavement widths, but how much better would our lives be if trees were planted where ever it is possible? I was very sorry to see the brainchild of Councillor John Disney, "Greening of Greenstreet", abandoned when he passed away.

I am a fully paid-up member of the Kent Men of the Trees (KMOTT), so I love and promote trees where I can and want to see them planted in the places we live - gardens, roadsides, green spaces, public spaces.

Here is a Woodland Trust article in their (September 2019) magazine, describing the importance of fungi to successful woods and forests - in Kent, they name Ashen Bank Wood, just west of Strood. Read the article.


Jack of All Trades - Drought Tollerant Trees. Kent already experiences near-desert conditions much of the year and we face a future in which existing weather patterns will become more disruptive and extreme. So, I have researched a 'short list' of trees that are tollerant of many soil-types and will tollerate dry periods. This list gets much longer if I include trees that are a bit fussy about (e.g.) soil or air pollution.
However, remember that saplings need special care to aid their healthy root systems in the first three years or so. To help this process, when planting trees there are a couple of tips:-

    1. Plant into a square hole - encourages root penetration and spread;
    2. Include watering tubes reaching to the bottom of the hole - to prevent roots staying close to the surface if you are watering the sapling, where they will be weaker against winds; and
    3. Scatter mycorrhizal fungi into the bottom of the hole - a good idea for shrubs too. Non-branded fungi are cheaper and do the job perfectly well.


I have a collection of reference books on different aspects of living with trees - choosing, pruning, feeding, cropping, partnering with other trees, shrubs and hedges, diseases and seasonal caring. But there are many good on-line resources that are definitely worth visiting. Originally designed to help planners and environmental bodies. But, frankly, they are a very good place to start your conversations about which trees are suited to your spaces.

To start with, some while ago I built an identification web-page around the Millennium Hedge in Cambridge Lane that includes a very large variety of trees and shrub/hedging plants. The images include leaves, flowers, fruits/seeds, twigs and bark.

My shortlist of on-line resources for choosing trees for urban (or any) planting now stands at:-


Guides and Resources include:-

............. you also find - First Steps in Valuing Trees and Green Infrastructure (PDF) - First Steps in Urban Air Quality - Trees in Hard Landscapes - Trees in the Townscape - The Canopy - No Trees, No Future....etc The choices offered include guidance on height and spread of your potential choices. Be considerate of others.

"ALSO RAN"........ – London Tree Officers Association
A very interesting site for Tree Officers (explains the monetary value of trees), management and study – e.g. tree canopy calculation, disease, damage, etc. - Institute of Chartered Foresters. – National Association of Tree Officers (Who knew that trees are the future of warfare?) Launched 2018. Still in its nappies - I just liked the acronym. - The Municipal Tree Officers Association - "The Voice of Municipal Arboriculture." A bit ‘functional’ – not inspirational. – The Tree Council - which is a Campaigning organisation. Loads of ‘think pieces.’ Quite a focus on hedges but also found a link to Tree Hugger: – Trees for Cities (as it says on the tin!)


Planning Pages

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