Over three working parties in November, 12 hard-working members of our Trees Committee planted 10 trees in King Henry’s Road, 13 in Gundreda Road and 8 in Prince Edward’s Road. Funding for the trees was met through a successful grant application to Sussex Community Foundation for £4,500, kind donations and bequests from residents, and a generous donation from Sparks Property.
The trees were carefully chosen for longevity and resilience in our changing climate and they include: Tulip trees, (Liriodendron tulipifera), Japanese Pagoda trees, (Sophora japonica), Hop Hornbeam, (Ostrya carpinifolia), Chinese Elm, (Zelkova serrata), Cockspurthorn, (Crataegus x prunifolia), Field Maple, (Acer campestre “Louisa Red Shine”), Nettle tree, (Celtis australis), Sweet Gum, (Liquidambar styraciflua Worplesdon), and Maidenhair tree, (Ginkgo biloba).
Thank you to all the co-operative residents who have promised to look after the trees if they need watering during prolonged dry spells – and who kept us going with cups of tea on the planting days!
This brings the total of surviving trees that we have planted since 2014 to 112! We have a long list of suggestions for planting sites in 2022 – but we would be interested to hear of any other ideas from Lewes residents.