New trees for Newport

Pictured at the Newport tree planting are Councillor John Mathews, volunteers Chris Pike and Craig N

Pictured at the Newport tree planting are Councillor John Mathews, volunteers Chris Pike and Craig Nixon, Cllr Mike Harrison plus Chris Heard of Greenforce SW. - Credit: Archant

Councillors grants help replace trees lost during flood defence works.

A section of the Tarka Trail in Barnstaple has been spruced up with new trees thanks to community grants from local councillors.

Five dwarf fruit trees and three field maples have been planted at St John’s in Newport to replace trees removed by the Environment Agency during flood prevention work last August.

North Devon Council ward members for Newport, Councillor John Mathews and Councillor Mike Harrison, have both given £100 towards the project from their community grant allowance.

“When the Environment Agency had to remove three trees to clear Coney Gut, local residents were concerned that they wouldn’t be replaced,” said Mr Matthews.


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“These eight trees replace those and bring additional ones to the area. They are also planted in a more suitable spot so that they won’t need to be removed for any future maintenance work.”

Mr Harrison added: “This area is well used by walkers and cyclists. The trees will help to enhance it and make it more pleasant for local residents and passers by to enjoy. I am glad that we have been able to help.”

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Local Community Interest Company, Greenforce (SW) helped the council parks team with the work.

For information about North Devon Council’s Community Councillor Grant scheme call Lorna Jones on 01271 388327 or email lorna.jones@northdevon.gov.uk.

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