Skegness primary school pupils plant new oak trees at Tower Gardens
PUPILS from a Skegness primary school have helped to breathe new life into Tower Gardens.
Following on from a number of trees being removed from the park because of safety concerns, a public consultation was held to find the public’s tree of choice.
A total of 10 trees, made up of five English Oak, three Holm Oak and two Tulip trees were selected as replacements.
Spokesman for East Lindsey District Council, James Gilbert said the council had good feedback from the consultation and received more than 100 responses.
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He said: “Choosing their preferred choice from a selection of 13 species, the favourite was the English Oak, receiving around a quarter of all votes cast.
“English Oak is believed to support more wildlife than any other British tree species and is the iconic English tree.”
Second and third favourites in the consultation were Holm Oak and Tulip Tree.
Mr Gilbert said: “It’s a shame the other trees were removed but it was something we had to do as they weren’t safe.
“However, 10 new trees will be planted today and it’s amazing to think that they will one day be a similar height to the other well-established trees in the gardens.”
Students from The Richmond School donned their wellies and spades to help dig the holes and move the trees into their new living space.
Portfolio holder for the environment at ELDC, Councillor Tony Bridges, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the recent consultation and the students from Richmond Primary School for their help in the planting.
“Tower Gardens is a very popular park and I’m sure the newly planted trees will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come.”
The trees, which are three to four metres in height, have been planted in various positions around the park.