Merton residents invited to choose top tree

Merton Council is looking to residents to help them choose the borough’s top tree of 2009.

Every year the council, along with Merton’s volunteer tree wardens, sets out to discover the borough’s favourite tree. Anyone can nominate the tree they think makes a difference to Merton.

Favourite trees can be special for a number of different reasons. They might be of historical value to Merton or home to birds, bats, butterflies or even important fungi and species of moss. Alternatively a tree can be nominated simply because it adds to the attractive townscape of the area.

Last year’s joint winners were a pair of Maidenhair trees (Ginkgo biloba) in Ravensbury Park, nominated by Jenny Neal of Morden. Maidenhair trees have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, 250 million years ago. In China they are considered holy and are planted near temples. Ginkgo is widely used in traditional medicines for curing digestive problems, hangovers and asthma. There are even claims it can improve memory loss and can help treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Anyone with a favourite tree to nominate can pick up a form from any of the borough’s libraries and send it to Jane Plant, Tree Warden Group Merton, 464 Kingston Road, SW20 8DX or download the online form at http://www.merton.gov.uk/favouritetree and email it to janeplant@pj464.co.uk by the 30 September.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: ‘Merton is one of the greenest boroughs in London. We have many beautiful trees so tell us about the one you love.’

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Notes to editors
The Tree Warden Group Merton is a voluntary group of tree wardens that works closely with Merton Council’s arboriculture officers. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer tree warden should contact Jane Plant at janeplant@pj464.co.uk