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In 2010 Reading Borough Council adopted its first Tree Strategy for Reading which laid out the council’s aims to retain, protect and plant trees within the borough. This has been revised and a new strategy went through stakeholder consultation in early 2020 and completed a public consultation on 10 July 2020. The results of the consultation are being analysed and will be made available when completed.

A Guide to Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)

Reading’s trees make a significant contribution to the character of the town
and provide many benefits. Trees absorb harmful gases that pollute the
atmosphere, they provide habitats for wildlife, serve as a noise barrier,
provide visual screening and they soften the built environment, giving a
more natural appearance and feel. They are also becoming increasingly
important in reducing the effects of climate change and for urban cooling.
Here is a link to Reading Borough Council’s Tree Reservation Order Directory

For more information visit Reading Borough Council’s website

The Tree Council brings everyone together with a shared mission to care for trees and our planet’s future. We inspire and empower organisations, government, communities and individuals with the knowledge and tools to create positive, lasting change at a national and local level.

For more information visit The Tree Council

In a search for methods to produce the perfect root system for transplanting large trees, Barcham Trees developed their patented Light Pot system that was to give dramatic results.

For more information visit Barcham Tree Specialists

Edwin Hillier, the founder, was a true Victorian entrepreneur, industrious and visionary. Edwin was born into a family of poor agricultural labourers. However, when his father took up a position as manservant in the household of the Rector of Kimpton, his family was able to live in the comparative comfort of a cottage on the estate.

In his youth Edwin found employment with several leading nurseries and large gardens. Then, in 1864 and in his mid-twenties, he purchased a two acre nursery with a companion florist’s shop in Winchester. Things went well and in 1865 he acquired a further three acres of land, a year that also saw the birth of his eldest son, Edwin Lawrence….

For more information visit Hillier’s Nurseries and Garden Centres