Greening Reading station

Reading station trees and team by Caroline Gratrix

We’ve been working with Reading Tree Wardens and Network Rail over the past few months to freshen up the frontage of Reading station with carefully selected trees and shrubs.

You may have spotted that the south side of Reading station is looking a bit more welcoming, with the addition of several trees and shrubs. These were planted as part of our Trees for Reading initiative.

A true collaboration

The project was the result of several months of hard work by volunteers in our sustainability team and Reading Tree Wardens, in close collaboration with Network Rail. Reading Borough Council sourced the trees specified by the tree wardens once the scheme had been agreed. The tree wardens then looked after them until they could be planted by Network Rail contractors, and council contractors will be watering them on an ongoing basis. The funding for the project came from Thames Lido.

“It has been great to work with Ethical Reading, Reading Tree Wardens and Reading Borough Council to plant trees to green up the station,” commented Chris Gaylard, Environment Manager, Capital Delivery, Wales & Western Environment Specialist at Network Rail.

“The trees will help filter pollutants and absorb carbon, provide resting places and food for birds and improve the station passenger experience and public pride in Reading. A true collaboration showcasing multiple benefits.”

Reading station trees by Caroline Gratrix

Trees for year-round interest

The scheme includes ornamental pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’), Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum), maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba) and Chinese dogwood (Kornus kousa) complemented by witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Fatsia japonica.

“This has been a very special project to enhance the Reading Station frontage,” said Anna Iwaschkin, Reading Tree Wardens Coordinator. “With Dave Kenny, our Tree Planting Coordinator in the lead, we have included tree species suited to this sunny spot, which will bring spring and summer flowers, autumn leaf colour and sweet-scented witch hazel for winter interest. All the trees will be watered, maintained and inspected regularly to ensure they thrive.”

Ornamental pear by Caroline Gratrix     Fatsia japonica by Caroline Gratrix

Ginkgo biloba by Caroline Gratrix     Ornamental pear and Ginkgo biloba by Caroline Gratrix

Our first bespoke project

It has been a pleasure to work alongside Reading Tree Wardens and Network Rail on this project. Up to this point all the trees planted though our Trees for Reading initiative had been on council land. This was our first bespoke project, working with a different landowner to plan and implement a tree planting scheme. It’s great to know that people are already noticing and appreciating the improvement!

We’re keen to hear from other companies that would be interested in supporting tree planting in the town. You can contact the team at [email protected].

Trees for Reading plaque by Caroline Gratrix


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