Issue - decisions
Cllr Jane Horne
Cllr Horne confirmed for Cllr Winship that she hoped to plant English oaks.
Cllr Molyneux explained the change from the motion published with the agenda, saying that the number of trees had been increased in discussion with the Forestry Commission to show that it was a tribute from the district, rather than just the council. The council's memento would be the rose planted in the council garden, in keeping with the current financial situation. The Forestry Commission had assured the council that it could manage the upkeep of the proposed trees, which would be bought by sponsors. He invited members to contribute to the sponsorship fund.
Cllr Gardiner cautioned against planting trees that might be susceptible to disease.
Cllr Quaile explained that the vision was to engage the community by arranging for primary school children to plant the trees later in the year under the supervision of the Forestry Commission. In this way those children would remember the occasion later in life.
He had been reminded that both Queen Elizabeth 1st and Queen Elizabeth 2nd had planted oaks near Speech House during visits to the district.
Along with Cllr Morgan, Cllr Pugh was pleased that the number of proposed trees had been increased to 60. He was particularly happy to second the motion, as the forest was internationally important for wildlife, containing all but three of the raptor species in the UK and other rare breeds such as the pie spotted flycatcher and lesser-spotted woodpecker.
Summing up, Cllr Horne said that she was glad that everyone supported the proposal and was sure that the district would make it an occasion to remember.
Cllr Horne proposed and Cllr Pugh seconded the motion.
Councillors agreed to vote on a show of hands.
RESOLVED - That this Council marks the momentous events of this year, namely the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games, by planting 60 trees at Beechenhurst, (which the Forestry Commission has agreed to assist), one for each year of the Queen’s reign.
This will be a lasting monument and tourist attraction for the district. We are confident that the £4,000 will be sponsored.
Also, a Diamond Jubilee Rose for the Council garden.