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People's Postcode Lottery grant success
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We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Postcode Local Trust for a grant for essential work on the historic lime trees in the Monks’ Walk.

This project has been made possible by a grant of £11,064 from
Postcode Local Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by
players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Find out about applying for funding from the Postcode Local Trust here or support more charities by finding out about the People’s Postcode Lottery here.

The 62 lime trees that make up the 250 year old Monks’ Walk in our woodland gardens are an impressive sight but are suffering from years of neglect. Now that our volunteers have cleared the ground we need to make sure that the public can visit as safely as possible by getting dead and diseased wood and overhanging branches removed by specialist tree surgeons who can get up to the top of these magnificent 25 metre tall trees. This will help preserve these ancient trees for years to come for all to enjoy.

Volunteers have to clear regular falls of dead wood, and, once, even a whole tree, from the ground. At times volunteers and visitors have not been allowed to access the area because of safety concerns. Therefore the proposed tree work funded by the Postcode Local Trust will increase the safety of visitors to the woodland gardens and volunteers working there. It will reduce the need to restrict access to areas of the gardens in adverse weather conditions because of safety concerns. It will also help to prolong the life of the Monks’ Walk lime trees which are estimated to be over 200 years old. The work will be done by qualified workers from Oakdale (NE) Ltd. The funding requested will cover labour costs and hire costs of a platform (to work at height of up to 25m on the lime trees). Oakdale workers will then be able to remove dead wood as well as to reduce the many overhanging tree limbs which are putting stress on the trees. The work is scheduled to take place in February 2018.


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