Thursday 25th July 2019, a memorable day for many, as this was the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, as confirmed by the Met Office, when the temperature reached a whopping 38.7C.
During this heatwave week, our deputy chairman Allan, was out with his wheelbarrow containing two full watering cans, a fork and some chicken pellets, at the town park tending to the The Alder Tree planted by Braintree District Council in October 2018.
This young tree was planted to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War and being vulnerable to the hot dry weather Allan felt this important commemorative tree deserved extra special care.
Then, on the hottest (ever) day of that very hot week, Allan was out again, this time with fellow members of WTG for the weekly bowser run. On most Thursdays starting in May we have watered over 50 trees that were planted over the last two years; the annual routine being to water the current and previous year’s planting. We only normally water trees that we have planted and not, as in the case of the commemorative tree, those planted by BDC, hence Allan’s additional one man effort – in the sweltering heat! Thank you Allan.
We will continue to water for the remainder of the summer and proposals are well underway for next year’s planting. If you see us out and about planting or watering please do say hello, we welcome your feedback but especially hope you enjoy the trees. They give excellent shade in hot weather!