Plant a street tree as a memorial
PUBLISHED: 09:57 01 September 2012
WESTON'S residential neighbourhoods could return to being the tree-lined streets of old, under a new memorial scheme being proposed.
A trio of Liberal Democrat councillors representing Weston’s hillside area on North Somerset Council have come up with the idea to restore a bit of greenery.
Mark Canniford, John Crockford-Hawley and Robert Payne have commended Neighbourhood Watch members in the Shrubberies area for encouraging new planting in their community.
And the trio believe residents in other areas could follow suit – and sidestep the lack of public funds by instigating their own memorial schemes.
Cllr Crockford-Hawley said: “While appreciating the difficulties facing local government there are other ways to finance neighbourhood enhancement and planting memorial trees is one such way.
“Street trees can last for a century and how pleasant it would be to watch something grow in memory of a departed relative or friend.
“With memorial tree planting we could fill the gaps which are becoming only too obvious throughout Weston, do something for the environment and air quality and help improve visual satisfaction.”
The trio suggest that if residents are willing to pay for the trees to be planted, the council should take responsibility for their upkeep.