All our trees have now been planted and we would normally have enjoyed planting our last tree for the season, but the sleet, rain and wind rather reduced the element of enjoyment! Today we planted a single Tulip Tree – a replacement for a tree that failed in The Avenue. We did, however, abandon some other tree related work, waiting for a more pleasant day!
Last week we planted just two trees, a Tulip Tree, again as a replacement for one that had failed after someone had attempted to set fire to it. Fortunately, one of our few failures and one of a very few that have succumbed to vandalism. We may have to wait a few years before it to flower, but something to look forward to.
Also, last week we were able to assist the Trefoil guild plant a Larch in the Recreation Ground off Maldon Road. The site had been approved by Braintree Council and completes a trio of trees. This celebrated 60 years for the local Trefoil Guild. Another 60 years and this will be a mature tree to be admired.
This has been a memorable year, having planted over 60 trees, including the 1st World War memorial wood with funding from Witham and Braintree councils as well as various other sponsors and the weather – apart from today – always looked favourably on us. We are now committed to an extensive watering programme for the summer and, as far as the trees are concerned, some rain would be very much appreciated.
27 February 2020