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More than 30 young trees have been planted in Haverhill in the past three weeks thanks to a new group whose overarching ambition is to have a positive impact on the town’s environment.

Saturday saw the fledgling Haverhill Tree Wardens group out planting 10 oaks next to the skatepark on Howe Road.

That came one day after it provided Burton End Primary Academy with 23 crab apple, hornbeam and whitebeam trees planted by pupils in its grounds. The donation was made with help from the Suffolk Tree Network, of which the group is a part.

Haverhill Tree Wardens Kerry Wallis, Saffron Owen, Adrian Wilson and Angela Wilson with West Suffolk Council ranger Darren Jolley and Kirsten Marshall, from The Eco News, planting the oaks at Howe Road. Picture by Mark Westley
Haverhill Tree Wardens Kerry Wallis, Saffron Owen, Adrian Wilson and Angela Wilson with West Suffolk Council ranger Darren Jolley and Kirsten Marshall, from The Eco News, planting the oaks at Howe Road. Picture by Mark Westley

It is part of the ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ initiative, which will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

Natalie Riley, eco-lead at the school and early years teacher, said: “This is part of the work of our newly-appointed eco-committee which have been set up to improve our school grounds.

“It’s so important to plant trees and develop the children’s awareness of their role in our lovely environment.

Pupils and staff at Burton End Primary Academy planting the trees, along with Angela Wilson, from the Haverhill Tree Warden Group. Picture Gooderham PR
Pupils and staff at Burton End Primary Academy planting the trees, along with Angela Wilson, from the Haverhill Tree Warden Group. Picture Gooderham PR

“It is a great way to start celebrating a special year and also to create a legacy for future generations of pupils at Burton End.”

The Haverhill Tree Warden group, which has six members, was formed in July after the town council held several information sessions about various environmental schemes happening in the town.

Angela Wilson, one of the wardens (husband Adrian is another), said: “The main project the town council has us involved with is a community orchard on the site of the old Chalkstone Middle school.

“We want to get the community involved in that as well.

Angela Wilson, left, and Saffron Owen, of the Haverhill Tree Warden group, planting oaks in How Road. Picture by Mark Westley
Angela Wilson, left, and Saffron Owen, of the Haverhill Tree Warden group, planting oaks in How Road. Picture by Mark Westley

“We are just trying to make people aware and to say to the community really, ‘we are here to help with any tree planting projects that people would like to get involved with’.

“We hope the wider Haverhill community will embrace it as well.

Adrian Wilson, of the newly-formed Haverhill Tree Warden group, planting. Picture by Mark Westley
Adrian Wilson, of the newly-formed Haverhill Tree Warden group, planting. Picture by Mark Westley

“It is to try and do something positive for the environment, that’s the real driver of it.”

The group hopes to plant and take care of at least 50 trees per year in the town, providing the planting locations can be found.

Any trees planted by the group this year can be dedicated to Platinum Jubilee which will run until the end of 2022. Find out more via.

More information about the tree wardens can be found HERE