Arboricultural students replace Northumberland college symbolic tree

Arboriculture students at Northumberland College's Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland have planted a replacement tree to restore "a symbol of their history".

The college’s 300-year-old Cedrus Libani (Cedar of Lebanon) tree was 28 metres high until gale force wind damage led to it having to be felled in 2008.

Now arboriculture students have planted a new 9m Cedar of Lebanon tree bought from Italy.

Assistant principal Marcus Clinton said: "I am proud of the hard work the students and staff have put in to plant the new tree and develop the area around it.

"The college would like to thank the Friends of Kirkley Hall, a charity who raise money for the campus to help fund new facilities and student visits, for donating money for the shrubs which surround the tree."

The tree is one of some recent new developments at the campus. Arboriculture students have also planted a new tree lined avenue on the drive into the estate.

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