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Memorial land plan for village

LEAFY Hampton-in-Arden is set to become even leafier with the creation of an eight-acre memorial arboretum in the village.

LEAFY Hampton-in-Arden is set to become even leafier with the creation of an eight-acre memorial arboretum in the village.

The ambitious scheme is being planned by the Fentham Trust, a local charity, which has earmarked land it owns in Shadowbrook Lane for tree planting.

Plans are still at an early stage but it is intended to plant around 235 trees, including some rare native species, in a grassed area.

Local families are being invited to support the project - which will cost at least £10,000 to set up - by buying a tree in memory of a loved one.

Peter Adams, chairman of the trust, said: “People will be able to bury ashes or spread them around the trees but I’m afraid we cannot accommodate the burying of caskets.

“A plaque bearing the name of the deceased and details of the type of tree and date planted will be supplied.”

The cost of buying a tree had not been fixed, he said, but it would probably be between £50 and £100. This will help us meet our costs in establishing the arboretum, which will be quite heavy,” said Mr Adams. “After being planted, the young trees will have to be staked and metal guards put around them to stop muntjacs [small deer] attacking them.

“And the arboretum will have to be properly maintained, which means ongoing costs. But eventually we will have a lovely village amenity for the benefit of future generations.”

Planting of trees at the Shadowbrook Lane site- to be known as the George Fentham Memorial Arboretum - is expected to start before Christmas.

 

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