It was an ambitious plan, to plant 60 trees in Yatton and 60 in Congresbury for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but we did it!
We are very grateful for the grant support of Yatton Parish Council (£300), Wessex Water (£200) and the Big Tree Plant (£763.25). In addition the Co-operative Community Fund has given £136.76 for the planting of a tree outside the store in Yatton Precinct, but this is on hold as they are re-developing the store during the coming year.
Community organisations and businesses were also generous in providing sponsorship for trees, and we are grateful to them for their generosity, also for the help of 1st Yatton Guides, 3rd Yatton Brownies, Yeo Valley Lions, Congresbury Millennium Green Trustees, the Humphries family and over 20 YACWAG volunteers who planted the trees. Yatton Fire Station planted a silver birch tree to join in our scheme and Yatton Junior Football Club fully funded three silver birch trees and their expensive guards at Rock Road Playing Field. Bob Martin Ltd have also planted a tree within their grounds.
North Somerset Council provided invaluable support from their tree officer and contractor tree team (Glendale), including planting trees on the Highway verges, carrying out the utility searches and providing mulch. North Somerset Council also bore the cost of opening the tarmac for us at Yatton Library so we could plant a much-needed tree there as a flagship for the project, and Cllr Terry Porter, Chairman of the Council, officiated at our grand finale on 8th December, when we toasted the Queen with mulled apple juice and patted ourselves firmly on the back.
Which local organisations gave money?
Claverham Free Church
Yeo Valley Lions
Claverham Village Hall
Keith Britton, Funeral Director
Claverham Cricket Club
Yatton Methodist Church
Top of the Tots
1st Yatton Guides
Yatton Men’s Society
Yatton District, Girlguiding UK
Yatton & District Horticultural Society
Who allowed us to plant on their land?
Avon Fire and Rescue
Bell and Stenton Ltd
Bob Martin Ltd
Claverham Village Hall
Cleeve King George V Playing Field
Congresbury Millennium Green
Court de Wyck School, Claverham
North Somerset Council
St Andrew’s School, Congresbury
Yatton Junior School
Yatton Parish Council
We are delighted that all three primary schools within our parishes have taken part in the project, with the headteacher of St Andrew’s School at Congresbury finding space for us to plant 60 new trees in the school grounds – a Jubilee Wood of the future! He said that the children play much less on the big grass field there than in among the trees on the edge, and that is why he was happy to plant more trees.
The Big Tree Plant has been an excellent source of information and resources, including a Tree Care book which we have been able to pass on to our community contacts to help ensure we are doing the right thing by our trees.
What did we plant?
The trees are a mixture of native and non-native, but where we were looking for a wow factor we have aimed for cultivated forms of wild trees in order to increase their biodiversity value. We have tried to plant trees with edible fruits and nuts where possible.
Oak 4; Whitebeam 1; Rowan 2; Hornbeam 5; Field maple 12; Walnut 3; Apple, damson, plum, wild pear 15; Hazel 7; Sweet chestnut 1; Crab apple 3; Hawthorn 3; Black mulberry 1; Snowy mespil 2; Alder 5; Scots pine 11; Bhutan pine 2; Holly 3; Wild privet 10; Common lime 1; Silver birch 4; other small whips of various species, including hawthorn, dogwood etc. make the total up to 130.
If you would like to follow the progress of a tree near your house, or one you have been involved with, you will be able to do that soon on a dedicated website, whose URL will appear here as soon as it is ready.