Tree Planting May 2nd

This afternoon, in glorious sunshine, Elaine and I were in Hayling Park, near the community centre, to carry on the tradition, begun by the Charter Mayor of havant, John Derben, in 1974.

Since then there has been an annual tree planting, usually an Ash in Legion Field.

Today, having been met by George Fulcher and his wife ex-Mayor June, the tree to be planted was a Tibetan Cherry. Oddly enough the Tibetan cherry originates from the Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China, rather than Tibet itself.

This was the first tree to be planted by any Mayor in Hayling Park, this being due to the disease which is affecting Ash trees across the country. I was therefore given the honour to plant the first non-Ash tree since 1974. It is a lovely specimen and should blend in well with the other 175 trees, of 31 different species, in the park.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

The first spadeful of soil.

The first spadeful of soil.

With George and Elaine, and 'The Trees of Hayling Park' booklet.

With George and Elaine, and ‘The Trees of Hayling Park’ booklet.

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