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Planting over 1.000 town saplings to mark 50 years of charitable group




Over 1,000 hedging saplings and additional small trees are being planted in Swaffham to mark the half century of a local charitable group.

The Rotary Club of Swaffham has arranged a whole host of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the branch, and the planting rounds off their programme of events.

Two locations were granted permission from Swaffham Town Council to kickstart the planting this week.

.Rotary members with Swaffham mayor getting the planting underway are, Front left to right: Nigel Chambers, Jill Skinner (Swaffham mayor), Malcolm Whittley..Back LtoR, Bill Muir, Piers Westlake, Andy Stephen, Liz Stephen, Simon Thair...
.Rotary members with Swaffham mayor getting the planting underway are, Front left to right: Nigel Chambers, Jill Skinner (Swaffham mayor), Malcolm Whittley..Back LtoR, Bill Muir, Piers Westlake, Andy Stephen, Liz Stephen, Simon Thair...

Cley Road and the Recreation Ground off Haspells Road were chosen as the locations with the Woodland Trust providing the saplings.

Denis Bishop of the Rotary Club said: “It’s an environmental project which provides up to 2000 hedging saplings and small trees to two community areas in Swaffham and it’s a commitment to the environment as part of the Climate Change process.

“Working with the town council, we agreed these areas would benefit most. This is the time of the year when planting should take place so we wanted to get that done.”

Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner was in attendance with members of the Rotary Club for the Recreation Ground planting.

She said: “The Recreation Ground was greatly in need of a hedge near the road and this also contributes environmentally. We are very grateful to Rotary and look forward to the result, all in good time.

"The hedge and tree planting scheme fits in perfectly with how the town council hope to keep improving the Recreation Ground, this is a well loved and well used green space enjoyed by many Swaffham residents."

Rotary president Malcolm Whittley said: “The majority of the Rec was bare so that’s why we wanted to plant there. 80 per cent will be Hawthorn.”

Swaffham deputy town clerk, Claire Smith: said: "The Rotary Club approached the town council in the latter part of last year with a proposal to mark their 50th Anniversary with a planting scheme. Some of the proposed areas including the Recreation Ground are owned and managed by the town council.

"The Recreation Ground has mature hedging around some of the perimeter and Rotary suggested that they could plant up and look after the young hedge whilst it gets established on the remaining open two sides. Hedges are good for the environment and provide a valuable habitat for plants and animals.

"The enclosing of the Recreation Ground is also good for site security and was one of the suggestions made by the Police Architectural Liaison officer when they were approached to comment on site security.

"We have also lost one or two mature trees on the Recreation Ground, they had to be felled for the safety of the public when disease or storm damage occurred. The Rotary will also be providing some new youngtrees to replace those lost."


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