Spring was in the air this Easter as the Outer Avenue Residents Association celebrated planting the 50th cherry tree in their patch, covering a number of local roads in the area. The Association is a neighbourhood organisation which works to bring people together, and thanks to the efforts of its Greening Group, a deal has been struck with local residents whereby they pay a share of the costs towards the planting of a flowering cherry tree and the organisation pays the balance, allowing all local people to enjoy the area being that bit greener. The scheme started in 2012, the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and since then student households, private rentals, and local families have all benefitted from giving a tree a home!
Roy Lancaster CBE, renowned plantsman and regular on Gardener’s World, did the honours by planting the tree commemorated by a locally-made brass plaque and oak stake. With a glass of fizz in one hand and his trusty spade in the other, Roy said to the assembled residents that we all have a lot to thank trees for: “Trees bring people together, they give us places to hide, we gather beneath them, they are a symbol of life and literally give us a reason to look up,” before adding what a good choice the tree was, being the locally-bred Prunus ‘Hillieri Spire’ – a hardy and attractive tree that doesn’t grow too big to be manageable.
Spirits were high as resident Maggie O’Connor provided cheerful accordion music and neighbours were treated to chocolate nibbles, juice and snacks, before the roots were carefully lowered into the ground and the organisation celebrated its success participant in the scheme.
So next time you’re wandering around Gordon Avenue, Alma Road, or any of the smaller roads surrounding them, keep an eye open for blossoming cherry trees – and if you’re a resident of the area and interested in joining with a really neighbourhood community, visit www.outeravenueresidents.co.uk.
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