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Eye town councillors and members of the public have helped to plant the first 200 trees in the town as part of a nationwide initiative to help fight climate change.

Councillor Maryanne Henderson was part of a group who planted trees – given by the Woodland Trust – in Eye Cemetery in Yaxley Road on Sunday.

“Mike Smith is a tree warden for this area and he and some other wardens approached the Woodland Trust about the scheme,” explained Cllr Henderson.

Pictured from left Maryanne Henderson, Mike Smith, Jane Hudson and Wendy Alcock. Picture by Mark Bullimore.
Pictured from left Maryanne Henderson, Mike Smith, Jane Hudson and Wendy Alcock. Picture by Mark Bullimore.

“We were given 400 trees in total – 200 now and then we will be sent the other 200. Hopefully, after these, we can get 400 more.”

The scheme is a partnership between the Woodland Trust, Suffolk Tree Wardens and Eye Town Council and the trees are mixed indigenous species, such as oak and hazel.

The planting is the first step in creating a woodland cemetery, where people will be able to be buried between the trees, which will also be used to remember loved ones.

Cllr Henderson said: “We are hoping that people will eventually sponsor trees in honour of their loved ones, or buy new trees for the area, making it a nicer place to remember them.”

Around 16 members of the public helped with the first planting day and Cllr Henderson was happy that people came out.

She said: “A big thank you to everyone who was involved on Sunday for doing a great job.

“Planting trees is one of the easier things people can do, not only for their local environment but also to help the world’s fight against climate change. Sunday just showed that people care about it and want to do their bit to help.”

The Woodland Trust will soon deliver the next 200 trees and it is hoped that they can be planted by February.

The next planting will be at Eye Primary School and it is hoped it can be doubled up with educating the children about climate change and how they can help the environment.

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For people wanting to get involved and to find out more about the next tree planting days, contact Eye Town Council clerk Wendy Alcock on 07713 196251 or councillor Maryanne Henderson on 07935 846542.

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