Tree Planting on Castle Green

On March 13th, some members of Shaftesbury Tree Group, along with Dorset County Council’s Coast and Countryside Rangers, gathered to plant three English oak trees on Castle Hill, in memory of Rachel Caldwell, who died in 2106.

Rachel was a staunch supporter of the work of the Tree Group from its inception in 2002, and these trees have been planted in appreciation of the work she did with us, and all the other voluntary groups she worked with in the town.

The tree guards have been specially made by Malcolm Sansam, Welding & Fabrication in Wincanton, and the oak trees came from Landford Trees near Salisbury.

In addition to the 3 oak trees, a number of birch, hawthorn, hazel, crab apple, blackthorn and elder have been planted on the north side of Castle Green to thicken up the hedge and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

The Tree Group wishes to thank the Shaftesbury & District Branch of the Royal British Legion for their contribution towards the cost of the trees, and Shaftesbury Town Council who own the land and who gave us permission to plant these trees and helped with sourcing them from the Woodland Trust and Tree Appeal, and the stakes etc from Ashridge Nurseries, Castle Cary.

The Trustees of Shaftesbury Civic Society “offer thanks to all involved in the planting of the trees at the foot of Castle Green steps in memory of Rachel Caldwell, one of our founders. Rachel worked tirelessly for all matters Shaftesbury to protect, promote and preserve all that makes this a special place be it the built or natural environment. Up until her very last days she was pursuing concerns that adversely impacted the town and community she so loved – which continues today in the work of the Civic Society”.

Angela King
Shaftesbury Tree Group

Photo 1 by Sue Clifford: some members of Shaftesbury Tree Group and DCC Rangers
Photo 2 by William Sherriff: Lt Col Robin Miller, Chairman, Shaftesbury & District Branch, Royal British Legion, who planted the first tree.
Photo 3-4 by Barry Freeman – oak tree planting completed.