Wednesday, 25 May 2005
In another step towards a greener Thurrock, mature trees have been planted in Gobians Park, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury.
The large trees are planted using a special machine called a tree spade. The original trees planted in 2000, when the park was built, were much smaller and those that have survived were in poor condition. The planting of the new, larger trees is being funded by Cory Environmental Trust, who lease the land to Thurrock Council.
Glyn Long, Thurrock Council's Principal Horticultural Officer, said: "The trees will soften the exposed site giving protection from prevailing winds in autumn and winter and shelter from bright sunlight in summer."
Councillor Terry Hipsey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Mature tree planting with the tree spade has been successful in many parts of the borough. Smaller trees have suffered part or complete destruction from either harsh conditions or vandalism.
By planting trees with an established large rootball and canopy we will hopefully ensure their survival."
Local ward councillor Barry Palmer said: "I think this is a wonderful scheme, and welcome the decision this time to plant more mature trees. I'm very pleased with the result, it has made a vast difference to the appearance of the park and made it much more inviting. It really does look nice and I have already had postive feedback from local residents and users of the park."
Photos available, please contact Fiona Stones.