CHELTENHAM ROTARY CENTENARY TREE PROJECT
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF TREE PROJECT
A London Plane tree was the first of 100 trees to be planted in Cheltenham, close to Imperial Gardens on 24th October, as a Rotary Centenary Environmental project. This tree replaces a diseased Horse Chestnut which had been killed by Bacterial Canker and was recently removed by Gloucestershire Highways staff to make room for the new London Plane.
The launch ceremony attended by the Mayor, Roger Whyborn and MP Alex Chalk, was a time for celebration amongst members of the Cheltenham Rotary Clubs and those people, including local businesses, who have made generous donations.
David Evans, Chairman of the Rotary Centenary Group said ‘what a pleasure it was to see our first tree being planted, with a plaque giving details of the donor and we look forward to planting around another seventy this year and the remaining thirty next Autumn’.
Photo of the first tree planted, with participants, on The Promenade which is sponsored by Elliot Oliver Estate Agents.
The second photo of the event shows MP Alex Chalk, Mayor Roger Whyborn, Simon Wheeler of Cheltenham Club, Stephen Lloyd of Cleeve Vale, David Evans of Cheltenham and Sue Jenkins of Cheltenham North.
The second tree is an Ornamental Pear planted by Nature First beside Montpellier Roundabout. This tree is sponsored by Mid-Counties Co-Op who have a shop nearby.
TREE PROJECT UPDATE TO END OF 2020
Fortunately, to date we have been able to proceed with the Tree Project, despite the various Covid restrictions. In total, we have approximately 80 pledges for trees from businesses and individuals, with generous donations from all the Rotary clubs and members.
There was a flurry of tree planting in the Autumn, with most of London Road, Bouncers Lane and Imperial Square trees being installed. On the run-up to Christmas we wanted to ensure that sponsors wanting plaques fitted to show visiting relatives were prioritised. We benefitted from Nature First’s large project in Guildford being delayed because of tighter Covid restrictions there.
By the 22nd of December a total of 31 trees had been planted finishing with Sir Jonathon Porritt’s tree on Lypiatt Terrace and Martin Surl’s Police Commissioner’s Fund tree opposite the Police Station on the A40 verge.
SUCCESSFUL GRANT AID FOR LYNWORTH GREEN TREE PLANTING
Working with Cheltenham Borough council, Cheltenham Rotary have responded to Lynworth Place residents' requests to improve their environment with tree planting on their Green.
This year we are celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham and the four clubs are organising the planting of 100 trees to provide a lasting environmental legacy for the town.
Sue Jenkins, a member of the Rotary Cheltenham North club, and Chartered Landscape Architect, is organising the sponsored Tree Planting project. Councils have limited funds for tree planting and Rotary clubs have had to cancel their fund-raising events due to the pandemic. Instead, Rotary members have obtained generous sponsorship from companies, individuals and charitable trusts who are interested in improving the Cheltenham environment.
The Cheltenham Rotary club applied to Enovert Community Trust (ECT) on behalf of the residents at Lynworth Place, who were keen to have tree planting to enhance the green space outside their houses. This grant application was successful and tree planting will be starting soon, with the work being carried out by local landscape contractor, Nature First.
Angela Haymonds, ECT Trust Secretary said: “Outdoor spaces are so precious and this project to plant trees in the heart of a residential area really appealed to the Trustees of ECT. Particularly heartening is the long term impact this project will have, by establishing trees which will increase the biodiversity of the area whilst also enhancing its look and providing shade for the many activities that happen on Lynworth Green. We are pleased to have been able to contribute.”
FURTHER PLANTING IN PITTVILLE AND COXS MEADOW IN FEBRUARY
Three trees were planted in Pittville, including a Memorial tree for our recently deceased member Stan Mobley and one from the Cheltenham Skittles League.
A further tree was planted at the Bath Road end of Coxs Meadow.
We have now planted 74 trees with a few more to do before the end of this planting season.