Calor in the community

Calor Gas’s Start from the Heart initiative gave a boost to the Family Tree Field in Central Park in July.  Staff came on two days to weed around and water young trees which had been struggling in the hot, dry weather.  They also helped to restore one of the Devon hedge banks and to lay a new gravel surface at the field’s main entrance – a wonderful achievement.  Everyone had a good time and Calor Gas have asked to come back again in September!

New office base

From 28 March 2018 we’ll be based at Plymouth’s First Environment Learning Hub at Poole Farm, Derriford Community Park.  The address is: Plymouth Tree Partnership, Poole Farm, Leigham, Plymouth, PL6 8NF.  The nearest bus stop is about 100 yards away and there is plenty of parking close by.  Volunteers will continue to pick up messages every few days so stay in touch and find time to visit when you can.

 

Community Awards 2017

Plymouth Tree Partnership was at the annual Awards Ceremony as one of the nominations for Community Group of the Year.  Congratulations to the Drake Foundation who won the category but it is great to know how much our work as a community group has been appreciated.

Tree of the Year 2017

Tree of the Year 2017

The Gilwell Oak in Epping Forest with its associations to the Scouting Movement won the most votes.  Our nomination – the Plymouth Pear on Morlaix Drive – was a runner-up and we have a certificate to show for it.  Many thanks to everyone who gave this rare and special tree their support.

Corporates lend a hand

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we have been able to run three corporate volunteering days in the Family Tree Field. Jurys Inn planted trees and bluebells in November and staff from Unite Students cleared an overgrown boundary hedge in February. The final day next month will see trees labelled with their names.

South West Region Tree Warden Forum

Plymouth Tree Partnership hosted this year’s regional Tree Warden forum at Saltram House on 5th November.  Speakers developed the theme ‘Changing Views of Trees: For Fun, For Food and For the Future’.  This was followed by a guided walk through the grounds to get a first-hand appreciation of the challenges involved and possible roles for volunteer Tree Wardens.

 

Plan for Trees

A Tree Summit held 26th July brought together a mix of tree and landscape professionals, committee members from community groups including Plymouth Tree Partnership and academic staff from Plymouth University.  It was the first step towards producing a Plan for Trees which will find ways to improve the quality and extent of Plymouth’s urban tree cover.

Walk in the Park

Plymouth Tree Partnership members and volunteers were guests of the Friends of Devonport Park when we held our Annual General Meeting in the park’s pavilion on 8th June.  Afterwards, the Friends Group led a walk around the park to admire its fine trees and views; it was a lovely evening!