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.
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!
This popular event looked at the design aspects of trees in hard surfaces where major advances have taken place in recent years. The group included tree professionals and Tree Partnership members and together they were able to see examples of different planting types and discuss the pros and cons of each.
After nearly fifteen years of maintaining the tree partnership’s website Rob Miles has handed over his voluntary role as web admin. It is a major achievement to keep a website running without any disruption and we are hugely grateful to Rob with his considerable IT experience for managing it so successfully. We welcome Richard Cosgrave of Beside the Box (an IT Support business) who is lending his firm’s professional services as part of his commitment to assisting selected local charities with IT support. Please take a look around the new website and send a link to others.
The last talk of the winter series explored the health benefits of trees when Dr Jan Knight described her work at the Thorn Park Pharmacy Trust and how that could translate to green spaces everywhere.
The Tree Council’s “Wild Hedges for Urban Edges” project has helped Chaddlewood and Beechwood Schools to plant fruiting hedges and it was a joy to see the children get stuck in with so much enthusiasm. As one of the project delivery partners, we will be back in both schools in June to see how the hedges are faring and to try some recipes for cordials and jams.
The project to restore Central Park’s avenue of smooth-leaved elms took another step forward today when Kew Gardens came to take cuttings. They will be grown on for planting back into the park as standard trees.