Award for Devon project to protect and enhance trees and green space

A project to safeguard and enhance an area of east Devon rich in green and horticultural heritage has scooped a local award.

Jon Freeman (left) and Simon Bates (right) of Clyst Great Trees receive the award from Richard Marsh of sponsor Coastal Recycling - image: East Devon District Council
Jon Freeman (left) and Simon Bates (right) of Clyst Great Trees receive the award from Richard Marsh of sponsor Coastal Recycling - image: East Devon District Council

Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by East Devon District Council, the Great Trees in the Clyst Valley project aims to mitigate the impact of growth in the Exeter area by mobilising partners and the public to create new woodlands and hedges and restore parkland landscapes in the area the east of the city.

They project is also preparing an ambitious 25-year plan for the fledgling Clyst Valley Regional Park, intended as a "green lung" between Exeter, its science park and the new town of Cranbrook.

The Pride of Devon Environmental Award was presented to project officers Simon Bates and Jon Freeman at the Devon County Show, held near Exeter on 17 May.

Freeman said: "Thanks to all the volunteers’ hard work and commitment, we have planted over 2,000 trees, recorded the locations of ancient trees and planted orchards.

"We’re now planning public open space in the form of a new regional park and we need people to share their views."

East Devon District Council chief executive Mark Williams said: "I saw for myself Simon and Jon with volunteers planting 2,200 native trees and hedgerow plants. Over time they will become a landmark in the Clyst Valley and East Devon.

"We are now looking forward to the creation of a regional park to provide green space for local people to get outdoors and enjoy."

The valley is already home to the National Trust-owned Killerton estate, home to over 1,200 ancient, veteran and notable trees, as well as listed designed parklands, working traditional orchards and the historic Veitch plant nursery.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

HW Top UK Arboriculture Businesses

See our exclusive RANKING of arboriculture businesses by annual turnover. 

BUSINESS LEADs

Build your business with the latest public sector tenders covering landscape, arboriculture, grounds care, production and kit supplies. To receive the latest tenders weekly to your inbox sign up for our Tenders Tracker bulletin here.

HORTICULTURE WEEK Custodian Awards

Find out more about the outstanding parks, gardens and arboricultural projects and teams that became our Custodian Award 2019 winners.

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources