The Indian Bean Tree which stood as a notable feature at the Barn Park entrance to Central Park fell victim to the violent storm on 4th February - the same storm which swept away the railway line at Dawlish. The tree is one of 30 profiled in the book "Plymouth's Favourite Trees" and was popular with local people. It will be missed for its beautifully symmetrical shape as well as the amazing white flowers and long bean pods which appeared each summer.
Fallen trees elsewhere have caused some damage but little in comparison to other problems. Most trees have stayed intact and carried on their vital work of climate repair, flood control and shelter. Plymouth Tree Partnership chairman, Andrew Young, said: "We aim to be part of the solution by choosing, planting and growing trees that will succeed for all our futures. They are still the best insurance policy."
Children have fun planting trees
Fri 10th Jan 2014
Plymouth Herald reported on the fun-packed community tree planting events that took place in Freedom Park and Tothill Park, attended by a total of almost 120 residents.
The events followed on from three afternoons of tree related art workshops with Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils of Salisbury Road School and two Friday tree planting days in which all the children from the school took part.
After busy planting sessions, visitors enjoyed refreshments whilst viewing a wonderful art exhibition of tree painting and leaf studies created by the school children.
Prizes were given for beautifully embellished paper birds, which children made to decorate a tree branch.
Resident Lucy Cumming, with children Freddie and Lucy, said: ‘We love our trees and what a fantastic way to educate the children and encourage environmental awareness. My son has so enjoyed the opportunity.’
The new trees will now help to screen the metal railway fence in Tothill Park and enhance the lower area of Freedom Park.
More spring bulbs at the Family Tree Site
Fri 22nd Nov 2013
Plymouth Tree Partnership and Buglife, the charity ‘saving the small things that run the planet’, have teamed up to plant over 2000 crocuses, bluebells and primroses at the Family Tree Site. The work will take place on Saturday, 30th November and everyone is invited to help. Come at 10:00 a.m. and bring a spade if you can.
The new flowers will provide a wonderful splash of spring colour in Central Park. They will be planted under the trees and in the newly created broad glades of the Family Tree Site. Rupert Goddard, Buglife’s Project Officer for ‘Plymouth's Buzzing!’, said: ‘The flowers and the trees together will provide food for insects and ultimately all living things – including us!’
New trees are delivered
Thu 17th Oct 2013
There has a big delivery of new trees for planting this autumn. Two lorries brought 190 young trees from Barcham’s Nursery to Plymouth City Council’s depot and staff are busy sorting them ready for projects at 23 different sites across the city. They include parks, streets and schools.
Plymouth Tree Partnership is liaising with local people at each location so that they can care for the trees until they are established. Volunteer Tree Wardens lead that important work with jobs that include adjusting tree ties, ensuring trees are kept safe from strimmer damage, formative pruning and watering in dry periods in summer.
The new trees have been purchased with funding grants from the Big Tree Plant, Western Power Distribution, the Big Greenspace Challenge and individual donations.
Ash dieback disease
Fri 06th Sep 2013
Sharp-eyed tree wardens spotted two possible cases of ash dieback disease and these have now been reported to the Forestry Commission for further investigation. If you spot an ash tree that appears to be losing its leaves please go to the Forestry Commission website (www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara) and check the Symptoms video, Symptoms guide and Guide to recognising ash trees there. If you’re not sure, just let us know using the contact form.
Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death.
Elm tree avenue restoration in sight
Wed 27th Feb 2013
A business plan for the restoration of the elm tree avenue in Central Park has been written and it is hoped that a start to the project can be made soon, with grants from Big Greenspace Challenge and others.
The avenue was first planted in the early 1930s, and contained 100 smooth-leaved elms. Over the years many of these trees have died, often from Dutch Elm Disease. Other species have been introduced to the avenue and there are many gaps. The project aims to plant new smooth-leaved elms to return the avenue to its magnificent original condition.
After extensive research, it has been found that the only suitable way to replace the missing trees is to propagate from existing stock. A number of methods can be used for this, but all take considerable time to produce enough trees that are large enough for planting. So the project is quite a long-term one, and it is unlikely that planting will take place before winter 2019.
75 Years on - planting trees again
Fri 30th Nov 2012
These three ladies were among the schoolchildren who in 1937 planted the avenue of red horse chestnut trees in Central Park that commemorates the Coronation of King George VI. June Waterfield, Ruth Heaton and Joan Hassell returned to the park on 25 October 2012 as guests of honour at a ceremonial planting in the new avenue to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
As in 1937, children from local schools - Hyde Park Junior, Montpelier School and Plymouth College - helped to plant the Jubilee trees.
We are very grateful to the 68 Plymouth companies who provided funding for the work.
Family Tree Site starts new phase
Fri 25th May 2012
With the main plantings largely complete, a new development phase is beginning for the Family Tree Site in Central Park. It will see the creation of attractive woodland borders on each side of the main paths leading into the site. This will be achieved by planting patterns of ornamental maples, magnolias and other small trees with bluebells underneath. As with previous plantings, the new trees will be bought as people make donations to commemorate a special occasion or person.
Volunteer tree warden, Alan Harvey, who also co-ordinates the Family Tree Scheme, said that small ornamental trees provide close-up colour and interest. They will make a stunning impression altogether, he said. Whilst they are often more expensive than taller-growing specimens, the minimum required donation remains at £50 and it is easy to give a tree by going to Family Tree Site button on the menu.