Parish Trees

A further 40 or so trees will be planted in the parish in 2024.  The Woodland Trust donated 10 Rowan and 10 Cherries - half were planted in Webbers Meadow south field and the other 10 in the north field just east of the Jubilee copse to replace trees that died during flooding. 

Another 3 trees donated by East Devon AONB were planted in Webbers Meadow south field, all of which will tolerate wet ground as this area floods regularly.

The Parish Council recently set a policy to replace any lost trees so, after a mini tornado brought down a tree on Venn Ottery Village Green, the Council was offered a small leaf Lime as a Landmark Tree by Devon Wildlife Trust to replace it. This was planted alongside 3 Whitebeams donated by Bowhayes Farm.

Three trees have been planted as memorials to our much missed District Councillor, Val Ranger, al of which were donated by residents; a disease resistant Elm in Webbers Meadow, a Prunus in Harpford Church and one of the three Whitebeams in Venn Ottery will also be dedicated to Val.  

The school allowed us to plant 6 new Cherry trees (donated by RSPB) and we took the opportunity to better protect the trees that were planted last year. 

We are planning to work with Devon Wildlife Trust, EDDC and, hopefully, DCC Highways to explore further tree planting opportunities - so watch this space!  

In 2023 the Climate Change Group worked with East Devon AONB and Devon County Council on two tree planting projects that saw 150 additional trees planted in the community.  A new apple orchard was planted in Webbers Meadow, and additional trees planted in the two cemeteries and around the playing field.  For full details please read the meeting notes on the Climate Change Group page.

For HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee three commemorative 'Snow Queen' trees were planted in Newton Poppleford and Harpford and the Community Cafe also purchased an oak tree which was planted at the Playing Fields near the Pavilion.  EDDC also presented the parish with a Jubilee Oak which has been planted in Webbers Meadow. 

A lot of time and effort has been put into maintaining the trees and hedges planted last year - this is essential to make sure the planting survives.