Recent incidents of vandalism have left us disheartened, particularly given the extensive damage suffered by the trees. While we were prepared for some level of vandalism, the severity exceeded our expectations. Although the damaged cages have been repaired, the unfortunate consequence is that six trees now require replacement.
The financial costs for each tree was – protective cage costs £500.00, the associated groundwork (hole and gravel) is priced at £250.00, and the trees themselves amount to £250.00 each. Despite our best efforts, a more vandal-resistant option was not feasible within our budget constraints. The funding for these trees were provided by the Civic Society, Weston Town Council, and North Somerset Council.
During the warm summer months, a dedicated contractor ensures that the trees receive adequate care, being watered twice a week and kept free from weeds. Our hope is that the Forest of Avon Trust will contribute replacement Ginko trees in a larger size, which could potentially deter vandals. In the event that this support is not forthcoming, we will explore funding options for larger Ornamental Pear trees, akin to those already on the High Street near Coffee #1. These trees not only bloom with spring flowers but also display stunning autumnal hues.
You might be wondering, why invest in trees for the High Street? Beyond the aesthetic appeal, the Woodland Trust informs us that trees play a crucial role in mitigating carbon. They don’t just remove carbon from the atmosphere; they sequester it, locking it away for centuries. Moreover, trees contribute significantly to our physical and mental well-being. They filter pollutants from the air, provide shade during hot weather, and even enhance our immunity through the release of phytoncides – chemicals known to strengthen various bodily systems.
Research has consistently shown that exposure to trees alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression, significantly improving our overall quality of life. Importantly, trees can reduce both outdoor and indoor pollution by an impressive 50%, making them essential in urban areas where communities often bear the brunt of pollution-related health issues.
In summary, the preservation of our High Street trees is not merely an aesthetic concern; it’s an investment in a greener, healthier, and more resilient community. We extend our gratitude to the community and potential partners for their continued support as we work together to protect and enhance Weston’s urban greenery.
Let’s stand together for a more sustainable and vibrant future.