A Growing Need to Plant Trees

There is a growing need to plant trees to help combat the effects of climate change, and Shaftesbury is doing its bit……..


On Tuesday 5th February, the Town Council’s grounds team and members of Shaftesbury Tree Group  planted two small-leaved lime trees at the parish boundary on the A350 going south, on either side of the road. They are protected by large metal tree guards made by Malcolm Sansam Welding in Wincanton, and should make an impressive entrance to the town in time.

We hope this will be the start of marking our administrative boundaries with trees.  We have chosen small-leaved lime trees (Tilia cordata) for the parish boundaries and English oak trees (Quercus robur) for the county boundaries with Wiltshire.

The small-leaved lime, or Linden,  is one of our oldest and loved native trees.  Once common and thought to have been used to mark boundaries in the past, it is now mostly found in lowland woodlands. It is tall, with a columnar outline, heart-shaped leaves, and creamy-white scented flowers much loved by bees and people. Local examples can be found at Duncliffe Wood and The Wilderness.

Next week, twenty four  field maple trees will be planted along Sweetmans Road and Pound Lane. This is also a native tree, medium height with attractive small five-lobed leaves that turn yellow-gold in autumn. Its winged seeds that resemble helicopters or propellers are known as samaras. Field maples are a common hedgerow tree around Shaftesbury and have recently been planted in Bleke Street and along Grosvenor Road. 

-Angela King, Shaftesbury Tree Group