Barcham supplies avenue trees after Surrey town vows to maintain memorial

Barcham Trees has supplied and planted an avenue of 46 flowering cherry trees to replace an Avenue of Remembrance in Cobham, Surrey.

Image: Ian Gayton
Image: Ian Gayton

The original trees were planted in 1946 and dedicated by Cobham's Women's Institute to honour the memory of each of the town's servicemen killed in World War Two.

Following advice from a professional arborist, Elmbridge Borough Council last summer held a consultation locally on whether, and if so how, to replace the trees, leading to a community initiative to restore the avenue, within the town's Tilt Common.

Barcham sales executive David Johnson said: "The original trees had lost their impact through the years due to disease and replacements not thriving, so we were delighted to supply Prunus 'Kanzan', a beautiful and popular flowering cherry, with pink blossom and fine autumn colour."

Johnson will represent the Cambridgeshire tree nursery when the Avenue of Remembrance is re-dedicated on 8 April, "when I hope the trees will be in flower", he added.

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