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Wetland Tree Planting
Date Published: Fri 1st Apr 2016

On Saturday 5th December local dignitaries and Lottery Fund representatives joined local people and FoGH members as the first trees were planted in the wetland area. Friends Group chairman Liz Edwards welcomed us to the Community Hub and explained how the trees are being planted in partnership with Bedgebury Pinetum. After short speeches by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells David Elliott and Heritage Lottery Fund SE committee member Alistair Fairley, it was outside to get the trees planted.

David Elliott planted a Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria araucana) and Greg Clark MP planted a dwarf Jeffreys Pine (Pinus jeffreii 'Joppi'). The Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum appropriately put in a tree raised at Bedgebury from seed collected in the wild – the Cyprus Cedar (Cedrus brevifolia). Then it was back to the Hub for mince pies and cakes, washed down by mulled wine or mulled apple juice. We can look forward to the remaining trees being planted in the wetland area as the work continues

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