The double avenue of lime trees along Mill Road was planted following the ‘new road’ build in the mid 1890s, but over the years deterioration had naturally occurred to a proportion of the lime trees following adverse weather conditions. With the support of Arundel tree warden Bob Tanner and councillor Mark Phillips 34 small-leaved lime trees were purchased from Quercus Nursery and planted by The Norfolk Estate team under the direction of estate manager Peter Knight. Every tree was individually numbered, with each number corresponding to their sponsor and dedication, which can be found at www.visitarundel.co.uk/love-arundel/the-lime-tree-project/
With such importance and tribute to each tree planted, care will be taken to ensure the trees flourish and grow to live to their potential 150 years. This will include regular watering during their initial settling in years through any potential droughts. In this time however, other trees may be lost to further deterioration and adverse weather. If and when this happens, another stage of this community-based project will come in to play.
In conjunction with The Arundel Gardeners’ Association and Arundel Rotary Club, over two days in mid-February last year children at St Philip’s Catholic Primary School and Arundel Church of England School planted 30 young lime trees in their school grounds. Each small tree carries a label bearing the names of the children who planted it. As each tree grows large enough it will be relocated to Mill Road so the avenue of lime trees can be preserved for future generations. With this in mind and following the huge support given by so many, an Arundel Tree Fund will be established jointly between The Arundel Gardeners’ Association and the community to help support and maintain other tree areas within Arundel.
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