Centenary Trees Project

As part of the Centenary Celebrations for 100 Years of Rotary in Cheltenham the Four Cheltenham Clubs are planting Trees within the Cheltenham area. See "Details" for the latest Information

                                             Cheltenham Tree Planting Project

To Celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham the four Cheltenham Rotary Clubs are collaborating with a number of projects. (Please see the other featured page on the Centenary Celebrations for details of all the proposed Projects.)

The project has been developed with support from Businesses, Friends and Members.

Locations for all the Trees have been identified following discussions with Cheltenham Borough Council, Cheltenham Borough Homes and Gloucestershire County Council.

Sue Jenkins from the Cheltenham North Club is leading this project and the following is the latest update from Sue. (October 2020).

All of the Pictures taken of this project can be found under Photo Galleries which is in the "What we Do" area of this website at the top of the Home Page.

"To launch the 100 years of Rotary in Cheltenham Tree Project, we will be planting 2 trees on Friday 23rd, precise time tba. This is a little outside of the planting season so the trees will be container grown, but it is planned to co-incide with World Polio Day on the following day (Saturday 24th). The landscape contractor, Nature First, will be planting the trees and the purple crocuses will be planted by Rotarians (and possibly a couple of children) in the area surrounding the trees.

We have invited the Mayor Cllr Roger Whyborn to join us at 11.30am on Saturday 24th October to launch the 100 Trees Rotary Project and mark World Polio Day. The Mayor will start at the first tree which is on the Promenade next to Imperial Gardens. This tree is sponsored by Elliot Oliver Sales & Lettings who have their offices across the road. The proposed tree is a London Plane which is replacing a young Horse Chestnut which has died of Bacterial Canker. The Highways Engineer, Jim Tyson, has organised the removal of the dead tree and most of the roots. This particular location has a large soiled area approximately 2 x 2.4metres in area, so it can take approximately 1000 crocus corms. The majority of the bulbs will be planted on Friday, leaving just a small number to finish on the Saturday.

Hopefully, there will be time for the Mayor to go up to the second tree location by Montpellier roundabout. This tree is an Ornamental Pear (Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer) and is sponsored by Midcounties Co-op, who have their shop across the road. Once again, bulbs will be planted around this tree, but the 1 metre diameter surround only requires 135 bulbs.

Small Rotary signs identifying the sponsors and tree species will be attached to the tree stakes.

Attendance at both of these sites and days are governed by Covid restrictions and the Rule of Six. People will be wearing purple masks to highlight the Rotary's continued support to eradicate Polio from the world. The purple theme colour is based on the ink stained finger of children used to ascertain who have been immunised against Polio. We will use this opportunity to have a bucket collection in aid of End Polio Now, and there will be lapel crocus badges available in return for a donation.

We are fortunate that these activities are taking place outside in open areas, but need the weather to be kind to us."

Tree planting the start October 2020 Update from Sue Jenkins plus Pictures

"With this report are some photos of the 1st and 2nd trees planted late october. These trees are being planted outside of the planting season, so they still have their leaves, which obviously makes for a better picture. Also, they are a little larger for the launch.

The first tree is the London Plane on the Promenade, and the second is an Ornamental Pear on the grass verge next to the Montpellier roundabout.

We will be planting the bulk of the crocuses around these trees..

Next will be the Mayor's and World Polio Day celebration.

Then, there will be a bit of a lull until mid November onwards when the planting season proper starts.

When the Centenary Group met last week, we had pledges for a total of 71 trees and will probably do planting at the London Road, Oxford and Priory Gardens next, and then the Imperial Square trees."

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