Seaford: Tree wardens joy over £5,000 grant

SEAFORD tree wardens have come up trumps after winning a government grant of more than £5,000 to carrying on planting in the town.

The funds means the organisation can keep up its tree-mendous work over the next three years and the group is hoping to get people on board to help get planting during National Tree Week at the end of the month.

To date the Tree Wardens Group has already planted 150 trees in Seaford, including those along the A259 from the Buckle Bypass, and over 200 metres of hedging at Splash Point.

The group is run entirely by volunteers and until now has been funded largely by Seaford Town Council.

Keith Blackburn, chair of Seaford Tree Wardens, said, “This is an exciting development and will allow us to continue our work in making Seaford a greener and more beautiful place. It’s thanks to the hard work of all tree wardens and the support of the town council that we were able to make this successful bid.”

The grant, of £5,200, is part of the government’s Big Tree Plant programme, which aims to plant at least one million trees in the UK over the next three years. In Seaford the money will be used for a mixture of mini woodlands and individual trees in streets, schools and public areas.

The money is dependent on Seaford Town Council being able to match the Big Tree Plant funding over the next three years.

Jenny Tillyard, tree warden, said, “This Autumn we are piloting ‘Grow Your Own Leafy Street’, in two streets in North Chyngton - Chyngton Avenue and Saltwood Road. We’re keen to hear from residents who would like our help in planting trees in their streets.”

The wardens plan a tree planting and ‘TLC’ week to coincide with National Tree Week, from November 26-December 4. Trees will be planted in Downsview Road, North Chyngton, the Salts Recreation Ground, Edinburgh Road and Beacon Road.

Mr Blackburn said, “If you are handy with a spade and would like to help out during National Tree Week, we’d love to hear from you. “

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