Saturday, 17 November 2012

PARA Tree Planting on the Evelyn Street Embankment

Part 2 of the Piper's Area Resident's Association, PARA, tree planting took place this morning at 10.30am.
Adrian Downing, Wiltshire tree warden, had an idea a while ago that it would be a great idea to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee by planting 60 trees along the Evelyn Street embankment.
The 60 trees mark the 60 years of the Queen's reign and were planted down the path which represents the original route of the railway track from Evelyn railway bridge along the embankment to Pipers Way.
The trees were donated by the Woodland Trust via Paul Bradbury, a local contractor, and the planting was facilitated by a community grant obtained by Councillor Nadine Watts (Lab, Old Town).
Yesterday pupils from the Croft School, their parents, teachers, PARA members and Swindon Park Rangers began the planting.
Today we completed the job.
Here are a few photos to remind us of the event:
 Spades at the ready:
Adrian's tree planting guide:
Before it all started:

And when people arrived:
Here's a small group working together:
It took just over an hour for the planting to be completed and afterwards the refreshments were kindly served in Carole and David Bent's garden, here are the cakes:
 And the tree planters relaxing:

Two more photos taken by Colin:

What a glorious morning, thank you to all those residents who came along to help.
What should we do next to involve the community?
And today's Adver article can be found at:

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