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Tree-mendous effort to improve local area

Group of people planting a sapling

Thursday 22 January 2015

A hardy group of people braved the wintry wind and rain to add a bit more greenery to an area of Beighton.

Youngsters from Reignhead Primary School, members of Beighton Tenants and Residents Association, council housing staff and Councillor Harry Harpham helped plant two ornamental trees on land at Cairns Road.

They replace a tree that was blown over in strong winds last year and were chosen for their flowers, wildlife value and seasonal colour, as well as their edible berries, which are similar to blueberries.

“The area where we have planted the trees is overlooked by flats on Rosemary Road and is a focal point, particularly for those whose living rooms face the grassed area,” said Christine Lupton, Secretary of Beighton Tenants and Residents Association (TARA).

“I know that some of the residents love to watch the birds nesting in the trees in early Spring and were really disappointed when the tree was uprooted.

“Later in the year our TARA would like to plant some daffodils in the grassed area to add a bit more colour.

“This is really important for some of the residents as they do not have their own garden to tend and it is something for them to enjoy.”

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “Little things can sometimes make a big difference to people’s lives and I’m sure local residents will appreciate the efforts of everyone today.

“These trees have been chosen to provide the maximum benefits for local people and wildlife. I’m sure they will be enjoyed by lots of people for many years to come.”