Rotarians go back to their roots for tree planting

Tree planting on the Eastern Way / iCon roundabout.'Pictured L to R - Nick Blunt ( Danetre Rotary Club ), Cllr Alan Hills, Cllr Chris Millar & Ian Robinson ( Secretary - Danetre Rotary Club )
Tree planting on the Eastern Way / iCon roundabout.'Pictured L to R - Nick Blunt ( Danetre Rotary Club ), Cllr Alan Hills, Cllr Chris Millar & Ian Robinson ( Secretary - Danetre Rotary Club )
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Hundreds of young trees have been planted on a roundabout in Daventry.

Danetre Rotary Club applied to the Woodland Trust for a pack of saplings last year as part of the Jubilee Wood planting scheme, which is an initiative to plant 6 million trees across the UK as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

A number of trees were planted at Daventry Country Park and in Badby with help from the Prince’s Trust, but a new application has resulted in 420 saplings being sent to them.

The rotary club approached Daventry District Council to see where they could be planted and it was decided that the best place would be on the Eastern Way roundabout near the iCon centre.

The trees, which include Rowan, Hawthorn, Hazel, Silver Birch, Dogwood and Wild Cherry, together with a Royal Oak sapling, are designed to give colour all year round.

Councillor Alan Hills, portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure at Daventry District Council, said: “We were approached by Danetre Rotary Club about where might be most suitable for these trees to be planted as part of the Jubilee Wood scheme and we were delighted to be able to help.

“We decided that the Eastern Way roundabout would be ideal as it’s an important gateway to the town centre and at the moment is simply grass, so this will help it become much more interesting and attractive.”

Ian Robinson, secretary at Danetre Rotary Club said: “Daventry Danetre Rotary Club are delighted to have been involved in acquiring trees and bushes to improve the look of the roundabout.

“The bushes and saplings have been supplied via the Woodland Trust as part of last year’s Diamond Jubilee and are being planted in the design of the Rotary Logo.

“The larger trees have been paid for by the club, using Rotary funds, and later in the year it is intended that we will provide a number of spring bulbs for planting in the autumn.”

Councillor Chris Over, ward member for Abbey South, where the tree-planting is taking place, said: “Our thanks to Rotary for its sponsorship, this is a long overdue landscaping scheme that with the planting of the trees, will turn an otherwise bland and uninteresting roundabout into an attractive feature at a gateway to the town.”