Street Trees for Hassocks
Hassocks Tree Planting Scheme
Would you like a tree planted in the verge outside of your house?
If you live on a road maintained by West Sussex County Council and are willing to commit to watering a new tree, Hassocks Parish Council has a budget to fund the planting of some more trees on grass verges in Hassocks again this year.
You can register your interest by:
Telephone: 01273 842714
In person/by letter: Hassocks Parish Council, Parish Centre, Adastra Park, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH
A list of available tree species which you can choose from can be found by clicking here, and further details about the WSCC Donate a Tree Scheme in general can be found by clicking the following link – Donate a Tree Scheme – West Sussex County Council.
The closing date for registering is Friday 23 June 2023.
What is the Hassocks Street Tree Planting Scheme?
Many residents will be familiar with the Hassocks Street Tree Planting Scheme which Hassocks Parish Council has been supporting since 2008.
To enable Hassocks to benefit from the planting of several new trees every year, the Parish Council funds a proportion of the cost to WSCC for each tree, this is currently set at £209.80 per tree. Funding has been provided by Hassocks Parish Council for over 400 trees since the project started, with much welcomed additional funds from community organisations including Hassocks Community Organisation as well as some individual donations. All additional funds help to increase the number of trees that can be planted each year and are therefore greatly appreciated; anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by contacting the Parish Office.
The Parish Council is enormously grateful to all of the members of the Hassocks Tree Group who have co-ordinated every year between residents, Hassocks Parish Council and West Sussex County Council (WSCC), to ensure the planting of additional trees on WSCC maintained roads throughout the village.
Over recent years, the Hassocks Tree group has reduced in membership and for the past couple of years, the last remaining member of the group co-ordinated the planting almost single-handedly. Quite understandably, in December 2022 after almost 15 years, he decided that it was time to retire from his role.
Previously each year, the Tree Group has invited residents to register an interest in having a tree planted; a list of addresses has then been collated by the group and passed onto the WSCC Arboriculturalist team who make a site assessment of each location to confirm that it is suitable for a tree. The County Council then supplies and plants the trees in all approved locations during the Winter.
Hassocks Parish Council remains committed to providing a budget for additional trees around the village for 2023 and so the Parish Office has taken over managing the scheme. Therefore any residents who would like a tree are invited to register their interest with the Parish Council Office in any of the ways described above before Friday 23 June 2023.
This is also open to any requests for the replacement of verge trees that have been removed or have died.