Wilton Street has lost many of its trees over the years, but there is an opportunity to replace some of them.
PTP, on behalf of Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest, proposes some replacement planting on Wilton Street this autumn.
Would you support this? Would you like to be involved? Could you make a financial contribution?
The Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest planted 21 hectares of new trees and woods across 34 different schemes in the city last winter, and another 37 hectares beyond the city on Dartmoor, West Devon and South Hams. They all attracted payments from DEFRA’s Trees for Climate fund. The schemes included arboretums, orchards, hedgerows, and bolstering existing woodland, mostly on amenity grassland at the request of local communities.
Attention is turning to some of the more complex projects, typically street tree replacements, which need detailed planning, close consultation with residents and stringent approval processes, as well as more demanding aftercare requirements. Additional funding may also be needed because of the engineering works involved. We are excited to announce that PTP has recently been asked to deliver two ‘case-study’ projects, one on Beacon Park Road where there are about 20 stumps and empty tree pits, and the other on Wilton Street with 15. The projects will not only replace missing street trees but also capture and cost the stages involved so that similar projects can be delivered with confidence. It’s a major step towards conserving Plymouth’s tree-lined streets! The projects are being coordinated by James Brown, a chartered landscape architect who is used to managing community projects from his time at Groundwork.