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  • A lot of people have contacted RMS concerned about loss of street trees and green space on council-owned land, so I though I’d offer some advice here. Most councils have a webpage about street trees, where you can check their tree planting policies or make a ‘tree planting request’. They can then inform you if there is any good reason why trees can’t be planted on your street. Good examples include Waltham Forest:  https://walthamforest.gov.uk/content/trees and Lewisham https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/environment/trees/how-to-get-new-trees-planted If trees could be planted but your council cannot fund this, there are some useful resources here to help you organise this independently:  https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/protecting-trees-and-woods/street-trees/ You might also be interested in this website about London’s street trees:  https://thestreettree.com/ Has anyone had direct experience of this issue or got further advice?
  • Do nothing. Resist tidying up fallen leaves and cutting back perennials, leaving them to provide shelter for small mammals and hibernating insects . Let ivy flower and form berries to feed pollinators and birds . You can buy or make a blue heart to show you are rewilding and encourage your neighbours to join in.
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