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Street Trees for Lynn

Richard Morrish, Mr and Mrs Pearman, Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds and Sarah Moore planting a cherry tree in St James' Park, King's Lynn

Published: Friday, 28th April 2017

Street Trees for Lynn is a brand new initiative aimed at encouraging tree planting in the urban areas of King’s Lynn.

The project has been established by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in conjunction with the Civic Society and Groundwork Art Gallery.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader of the borough council, said: “We fully support this initiative as we think street trees can bring a huge benefit to the town both in terms of air quality and improving the vista.”

Rick Morrish, on behalf of King’s Lynn Civic Society, said: “We want to find places where planting a tree or trees will make a long-term contribution to the town's environment. We are asking people to consider places where a tree could be planted and/or to make donations towards trees. Suggested locations will be inspected and if they are not suitable, we will notify the nominee. If they are suitable we will explore ways to get a tree planted.”

"As well as looking to plant more trees on public land, we are also keen to hear from private businesses or individuals interested in planting trees and perhaps sharing the cost of planting and any future maintenance."

“We are working with the council on this project as it is important that we consider all the relevant facts for any proposed positions. We don’t want to plant trees that subsequently become a nuisance. We are delighted that they want to help us source more substantial trees that will hopefully create an immediate impact.”

The aim of the project is to plant ten trees in the first year. The first tree, a cherry tree, will be planted on 27 April at 2pm. The request to plant this tree came from Mrs Arlene Pearman, of North Lynn. Arlene had previously planted a laburnum near St John's Church when she was a Girl Guide and was devastated when this tree was felled because it was dying. The cherry tree will be planted near a walkway in St James Park.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds added: "It clearly meant a lot to Mrs Pearman that she had made that contribution to the community all those years ago, so we are delighted to be able to present her with the opportunity to plant another tree in the park, which so many people will be able to enjoy for years to come."

The next few months will be about reviewing possible planting sites and gathering donations, with the aim of trees being planted in the winter.

Get involved

To suggest a location for a tree :

Contact the King's Lynn Civic Society secretary: with details of the location.  Please include a map or photo showing the exact location and details of land ownership if available.

To make a donation:

Contact the Civic Society on 01553 849957 who will advise how to make a donation.

Further details will be available on the Civic Society website shortly.

Did you know?

  • some studies have shown that tree-lined streets can increase property values by as much as 15%
  • trees improve air quality by absorbing atmospheric gases and filtering dust from the air.  In addition they produce oxygen
  • trees can provide valuable shelter and shade in both winter and summer
  • trees soften and enhance a street scene, providing seasonal colour and variety
  • trees provide food and shelter for urban wildlife - including songbirds, pollinating insects and a range of other small animals
  • many studies show that the presence of urban trees and natural features enhance human wellbeing and mental health

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