Celebrations as Stamford High Street planter is finished

The completed planter in High Street, Stamford. From left, Stamford Urban Group chairman Don Lambert, member Peter Heyes, Lincolnshire County Council forestry officer Nigel Sanderson, town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg, mayor Of Stamford Brian Sumner and Mike Smith of South Kesteven District Council's property and facilities department. Photo: Don Lambert. EMN-140429-164739001

The completed planter in High Street, Stamford. From left, Stamford Urban Group chairman Don Lambert, member Peter Heyes, Lincolnshire County Council forestry officer Nigel Sanderson, town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg, mayor Of Stamford Brian Sumner and Mike Smith of South Kesteven District Council's property and facilities department. Photo: Don Lambert. EMN-140429-164739001

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The new planter in Stamford High Street has been completed.

The Stamford Urban Group, which is part of Stamford Civic Society, held an event to celebrate the installation of the new planter, which is located near St Michael’s churchyard.

The event was attended by the mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner and many of those involved in the project.

The new structure replaces the original, which had become unstable due to damage from the roots of the existing mature trees.

The Urban Group and Stamford Town Council had originally hoped to keep the mature trees but as work was carried out on the planter, the extent of the problem was revealed.

Some of the stone emblems from the original planter have been used in the new one.

The Urban Group undertook to manage the project on behalf of Stamford Town Council and the £9,000 cost was met from a £26,000 bequest left by Stamford man Eric Winston Cook to the Skells Trust, which is a charitable body managed by the town council.

The work was carried out by a local company, Precision Landscapes, with assistance from both South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

Chairman of the Urban Group Don Lambert thanked all those whose efforts made the restoration possible, including Stamford town councillors who backed the project, county council forestry officer Nigel Sanderson, Mike Smith from South Kesteven District Council’s property and facilities team, as well as Peter Heyes and Graddon Rowlands who managed the project.

Mr Lambert said he was pleased with how the new planter looked.

As part of the work, a lamppost was removed and replaced by lamps set into the planter that cast light upwards to illuminate the new cherry tree and the surrounding shrubs.