The dazzling glory of trees in bloom — 37,500 planted so far
Two records we have set this winter. One is to plant more trees than
ever before (3,746), and the other is to attract more volunteers than
ever before to come out digging: 14 on one of our gatherings.
Not all the same people come out each time we meet, but we get a good
turnout from among the following members: John Brunsdon, Terry and Anne
Carmen, Alan and Debbie Fear, Janet Morland, Adrian Pearse, Keith
Matthews, Richard Raynsford, Andrew Bond, Nathan Pritchard, Horst and
Shirley Elsebach, Phil and Su Ackerman, Derek Hankins, Stuart Marsh, Bob
and Hilde Senior, Ian and Carol Tucker, John Matthews, Richard and Moyra
and Andrew Montagu, Kevin Speakes, Peter from Glastonbury, Yohanna van
Fessem from the Netherlands, and your correspondent.
May I offer my sincere thanks to all those who braved the wind, the wet
and the cold, and to Anne Carmen, who fed and watered us — having lugged
the commissariat arrangements often across country to the site. It is to
these members we owe our financial standing, for they labour for free,
and for the love of it.
And where did we find ourselves? Parbrook, East Pennard, West Bradley,
Cinnamon Lane, Wick hill, Baltonsborough, Bushy Coombe.
May 15: Oh, see the blossom on our trees! There seem to be no
patches of branch visible, for the trees are stuffed tight with flowers.
Walk to the top of the Tor and look around. The glory is dazzling.
We have pushed our total of trees planted to 37,491. Of them 1,075 are
standard fruit trees, most of them traditional Somerset cider-apple
Butleigh parish council, through the local county councillor, Ken
Maddock, has received £2,000 towards further care and replanting of the
Cedar Walk. This was a project our society started and handed over after
receiving a British Telecom award in 1991.
Best wishes to Ian Rands — he’ll be a hard act to follow
Ian Rands is back home after a short stay in Yeovil hospital. He has to
take life at a slower pace and will hand over tree duties to Alan Fear
Other committee members feel they need to hand over their tasks as well,
so now is your chance to be more actively involved with the society. The
future of the society depends on a continuity of service and ideas. We
need to have our reformed team in place by the next AGM.
Ian has been a huge achiever: 37,500 trees planted. It will be a hard
act for Alan to follow, and he will need all our help.
Nathan Pritchard has shown a willingness to take over coordinating the
footpath clearance, but again will need plenty of help. Ena Allen is
giving up at the AGM as coordinator of newsletter delivery, and a
successor must be found.
Many thanks to all who give time and effort to the society, especially
to Ian, who will still be around to advise.
Please contact me (83 1283) if you wish to take on tasks for the society
such as clearing footpaths, delivering newsletters or giving talks.