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Parish councillor sets up tree project in Holyport Green

A project to catalogue every tree in Holyport and restore the memorial benches has been taken on by a parish councillor.

Louvaine Kneen (Ind, Holyport), chairman of the planning committee for Bray Parish Council proposed that a maintenance program was put in place for the trees earlier this year.

Since then she has been working with the Royal Borough’s tree department to set up the programme which involves logging the trees in each area and applying for planning permission to remove dead branches, crown lifting and limb reduction.

Louvaine said: “Early in 2016 I proposed at the Bray Parish Council Land Management Working Group that a detailed documented maintenance program should be created for Holyport Green, which was agreed. This would include the benches and the trees, all of which are owned by the Parish Council.

"I've had really good feedback from local residents and a lot of people have noticed the work."

Areas catalogued so far include trees near Holyport War Memorial, Holyport Lodge and near the pond. Next year, trees from the horse bridge up to Bartletts Lane will be completed.

Memorial benches have also been restored to a better condition after many of the benches required washing, repairing and oiling.

Louvaine said: "It's nice that people appreciate the work we do as we're all volunteers at the parish council.

"What better place to sit on a sunny day."

If you are interested in placing a brass plaque in memoriam on any of the benches contact the parish clerk.

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