As a joint project to mark VE Day 75, Curo, Saltford Community Association and Saltford Parish Council have arranged the planting of two oak trees in the green area in front of Saltford Hall.
It was hoped that the trees would be planted earlier in the year to mark VE Day 75 on 8th May 2020. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation delayed these plans. All those involved with the project are pleased that the trees are in place in time for this year’s Remembrance Sunday.
The trees have been provided for free by local company Ambience as a goodwill gesture to the Saltford community. Oak trees have been chosen as they are ecologically appropriate native trees. As well as being pleasing to the eye, they also benefit other wildlife.
The precise planting locations for both trees have been identified by representatives of SPC and the SCA, and the oak trees will have wooden surrounds for protection. A simple wall mounted plaque will be on display in Saltford Hall until such a time the trees are large enough to have their own plaques stating that they were planted to mark VE Day 75.
Residents who overlook the area, in Broadway and Stratton Road, have been informed in advance by letter. We hope that residents enjoy the sight of the new trees and feel that they improve the outlook and appearance of the immediate area. The new trees will take two years to settle in, and although members of SPC and the SCA will keep an eye on them, should any residents feel that they are able to give them water throughout particularly hot or dry spells during their crucial settling-in period we would be grateful.
As the trees will be planted on Curo land, Curo will take care of the overall ongoing care and maintenance of the new trees. This includes crown-lifting as the trees develop, and future inspections as required.
Due to Lockdown 2.0 the planned commemorative services at St Mary’s Church can no longer take place. Cllr Chris Warren, Chair, will lay a wreath at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of Saltford Parish Council.