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Donation of trees to Rutland County Council and Greetham Parish Council to allow B668 to flourish

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More than 100 trees have been gifted to 'green up' a country road.

The donation has enabled Rutland County Council to plant the trees on behalf of Greetham Parish Council along the B668 between Cottesmore and Greetham, and eastwards from the village towards the Ram Jam roundabout.

These newly planted trees complete an avenue which now extends east of Greetham to Cottesmore.

David Penny, Peter Hitchcox and Stuart Kidd with the trees
David Penny, Peter Hitchcox and Stuart Kidd with the trees

Peter Hitchcox, tree champion for Greetham, said: "The trees, a mixture of hornbeam, walnut and lime will complement the existing oak trees in size, and in their capacity at maturity to store at least 5,000kg of carbon per tree. They are invaluable for our environment.

"They will provide pleasure for those using the very well-used footpath and cycle path between the villages and provide a rich natural habitat.

"Rutland is in need of more trees and hedgerows to promote and encourage nature to flourish."

It has been several years in the making for the tree planting project due to funding issues.

However, David Penny, former owner of Greetham Garden Centre, was keen for the idea to become reality, making the donation of 100 trees.

Greetham Parish Council also has plans to plant more trees at the Community Centre to celebrate and commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June next year.

Already flowering cherry trees have been ordered and villagers are beginning to donate trees to enable this project to be well under way by next year.

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