TfL and tree planting (3)

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps does TfL take to monitor the health of newly planted trees to ensure they survive to maturity?


Answer for TfL and tree planting (3)

Answer for TfL and tree planting (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All TfL trees, including newly planted trees, are inspected on an annual basis and any work which is required to rectify defects is arranged and undertaken in a time period appropriate to the defect. TfL's contract requires newly-planted trees to be watered and given young tree maintenance as appropriate, in accordance with best industry practice so as to give them the best chance of surviving the transplant.  Any tree that dies within three years of planting is replaced at the contractor's expense, as experience shows the highest mortality risk is within that period.