Youngsters braved rain to help plant trees in Tower Gardens, Skegness

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By MarieW | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 14:39

PUPILS from Richmond Primary School, Skegness, braved the rain to help plant ten trees in Tower Gardens today (Thursday).

The trees were made up of five English Oak, three Holm Oak and two Tulip trees and were chosen by the local community during a consultation exercise run by East Lindsey District Council.

Choosing their preferred tree from a selection of 13 species, the English Oak was selected as the community's favourite, receiving around a quarter of all votes cast.

English Oak is believed to support more wildlife than any other British tree species. It is often described as 'The King of the Forest' and is the iconic English tree.

Second and third favourites in the consultation were Holm Oak and Tulip Tree. Holm Oak is a large evergreen tree well suited to coastal sites. Tulip tree is a stunning deciduous tree that produces large tulip-shaped flowers in summer.

Last year, a number of trees were removed from Tower Gardens due to safety concerns.

Portfolio holder for the environment at the district council, 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.

* For more photos from the day see our gallery.



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