Volunteers turned out in force on Saturday to plant 1,000 new trees in Seaford.
Seaford Tree Wardens had asked for people to help plant the trees, funded by Seaford Town Council and the Big Tree Plant Scheme, in Chalvington Fields. The event was such a success that planting finished early.
Local MP Norman Baker was there to help plant some trees – a mix of native species - and offer his support.
He said, “This is a superb effort, not only in terms of planting the trees, but also for bringing members of the community together.”
Local councillors involved included Stephen Gauntlett, Tony Nicholson, Sam Adeniji, Anthony White and Sylvia Dunn, who arrived with their spades, families and friends and got to work.
Members of the public of all ages turned up to help throughout the morning. Keith Blackburn, Chair of Seaford Tree Wardens, said, “This was a fantastic day, and we were delighted with the number of volunteers who came to help.
“We were really lucky with the weather. The recent rain meant the ground was damp, but Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day. We managed to plant all 1,000 trees by lunchtime.”
Among the volunteers were members of Seaford Rotary Club, Seaford Natural History Society, Seaford Allotment Society, Friends of Tidemills and LR Garden Services.
Chris Bibb, of Lewes District Council, offered invaluable help in planning the event, arranging for the planting sites to be rotavated and in helping out on the day.
A supervised group of Community Services Workers also took part.
To find out more about Seaford Tree Wardens, or to help in future tree plantings, please contact Margery Diamand on 01323 873475 / email@example.com or go to http://seafordtreewardens.wordpress.com
The Seaford Tree Wardens Group is part of a national scheme, founded and co-ordinated by the Tree Council. Members are volunteers, appointed by Seaford Town Council. It aims to encourage and support the community to plant and look after trees in streets and public spaces in Seaford.
Prior to Saturday, the group had planted more than 200 trees, redesigned and replanted the beach garden on Marine Parade and planted 200m of tamarisk hedge at Splash Point. See page 58