Replacement Trees for Dowds Farm Park

Dead, dying and vandalised trees at Dowds Farm Park, now to be replaced by Hedge End Town Council

Dead, dying and vandalised trees at Dowds Farm Park, now to be replaced by Hedge End Town Council

Hedge End Town Council have agreed to replace 14 dead and dying trees at Dowds Farm Park, at a cost of just under £3000 to the taxpayer.

The subject had been raised by Cllr Pretty at the September meeting of the Recreation & Amenities Committee. That discussion revealed that trees and other shrubbery around the Town have not been getting watered, due to the lack of a water bowser, but the decision to replace the dead & dying trees at Dowds Farm Park was deferred at that meeting, pending further behind the scenes consideration of whether sufficient funds could be found.

At the latest meeting of the Recreation & Amenities Committee, which took place on 8th October, the matter was raised again and it was evident that a solution had been found.

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Losses are said to be due to “The wrong kind of tree” for the clay soil, but some have survived and others haven’t…

The Town Clerk explained that the losses were due to the ‘wrong kind of tree’ being planted in clay soil and that he had been advised that planting the replacement trees on top of a loose stone infill in a deeper hole would improve the chances of survival. When explaining the cost of the scheme to the five Town Councillors and one member of the public that were present, the Town Clerk said that there was sufficient in the Town Council’s  ‘Tree Contingency Fund’ to be able to proceed with this scheme. Cllr Pretty, who is also the Chairman of the Finance Administration Committee, added that money had been found for the water bowser.

Unlike the previous meeting, where there was a debate about how and where the available funds should be spent, all of the Councillors were in agreement on this occasion and the decision to proceed with the replacement of these 14 trees was approved unanimously with no disagreement or dispute during the debate.

This section of trees is doing well. Hedge End Town Council plan to return the boundary of the tree line to this kind of condition.

This section of trees is doing well. Hedge End Town Council plan to return the tree line at Dowds Farm Park to this kind of condition.

The new trees are expected to be planted during the next couple of months, during the Autumn and before the Winter arrives.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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