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250 new trees to be planted across West Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:21 14 April 2018

Steve Moore, a gardener at the Abbey Gardens, with the Weymouth Pine.

Steve Moore, a gardener at the Abbey Gardens, with the Weymouth Pine.

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A total of 250 new trees have been planted across West Suffolk as part of a scheme to protect the environment.

It is part of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s commitment to ensuring that the area remains a green and pleasant place to live, work and visit.

As part of their duty of care responsibilities tree officers aim to inspect a quarter of them which stand on its land every year. Defects or hazards identified during those inspections are then responded to and sometimes that requires them to be felled.

The council’s aims to replace as many trees as it has to remove each year. New trees, however, are not necessarily always planted in exactly the same place as where a tree was removed from.

The replacement planting programme this year includes 100 large heavy standard size trees and 150 woodland whip trees.

A Weymouth Pine has been planted in the Abbey Gardens as a long term replacement for a mature one which is in decline.

This distinctive tree, until recently, was the tallest in the Abbey Gardens, while planting has also taken place at Nowton Park as part of the arboretum collection.

Councillor Jo Rayner, cabinet member for Leisure and Culture for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “West Suffolk is a unique environment that we cherish and protect. This is why we not only plant trees regularly but also look after many of our open spaces for the enjoyment and health benefits of all. One of the things that people pointed out in the recent poll for the creation of the new Single Council was the unique environment which makes West Suffolk a great place to live and do business.”

Melanie Lesser, Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, said: “Bury in in Bloom are delighted to see so many trees planted around the town, they will provide vital habitats for wildlife and help to enhance the areas in which they have been planted.”

And councillor Andy Drummond, Leisure and Culture cabinet member at Forest Heath District Council said: “We pride ourselves on helping make West Suffolk a place where people want to live and work. Having a nice environment with leafy trees and public greens is all part of that and encourages people not only to get out and exercise but to also get involved in volunteering opportunities, helping look after the area and their local community.”

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