Cherry tree will be installed in town centre planter

Workmen constructing the new planter in Stamford High Street.'Photo: MSMP120314-005ow
Workmen constructing the new planter in Stamford High Street.'Photo: MSMP120314-005ow
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A new tree will soon be planted in a rebuilt town centre fixture.

Contractors have been busy putting up the new planter in High Street, Stamford, for the last two weeks.

Work on the structure itself is almost complete. And this week Stamford Town Council approved the species of tree that will replace the three old plane trees that were damaging the brickwork.

Town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg said the new tree would be a Manchurian cherry.

A plaque will also be installed acknowledging the bequest from Eric Winston Cook, which funded the work.

Mrs Stuart-Mogg said the tree had been ordered and would be planted as soon as it arrived.

The renovation project is being managed by Stamford Town Council with support of the county and district councils and Stamford Civic Society’s Urban Group.

It had been hoped the original plane trees could be retained. But once work to reduce them began, it became clear the roots were causing too much damage to the planter.