Bravo to those Wanstead souls who have signed up to look after their local tree pit – the bit of soil at the base of street trees. Signs have appeared on trees all over Snaresbrook ward and more widely asking council weed-spraying folk to avoid those trees which are being looked after. The plan, if you need reminding, is that seeds will be planted in these pits with the aim of encouraging bees to find their way along our streets.
At least one bee-like being is already making its home in a pit on Grosvenor Road, as pictured above.
It’s a novel scheme, backed by Redbridge, Wanstead Friends of the Earth, and an Olympic Legacy Grant. If you’re taking part, you can send your photos of tree pits before and after at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in touch via the BEES BEES BEES link at the top of this page.