Silver birch trees planted to create memorial at cemetery

TREE planting is taking place at Bristol Road cemetery in Bridgwater to improve its appearance and to create a living memorial.

Cllr Kathy Pearce, the town council’s Climate Emergency Portfolio Holder, said: “Twenty silver birch have been planted to form a circle on the area where unmarked graves are sited, which until now has been an area of bare grass.

“This area is where burials took place of those who could not afford a headstone. Therefore, the birches have been planted to both create a living memorial and to provide an interesting visual and environmental feature.

Improved habitat

“It is also an opportunity for Bridgwater Town Council to provide improved habitat for wildlife and play its part in increasing tree cover within the town, which is currently at 7% – way below national and European averages of 13% and 35% respectively.”

The council’s grounds staff, including newly-appointed head groundsperson Matt Mills and grounds operative Adam Johnson, have also planted four new ornamental pear trees to fill in gaps along the avenue. Four more will follow in the near future.



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