Mature trees form a significant part of Tynemouth’s charm, but we dare not take them for granted. Trees are tender plants; they die of old age, they are subject to disease, they get blown down in gales, and are mercilessly pruned and felled by those who don’t appreciate their positive impact on our environment.

There are more excuses trotted out by homeowners to fell trees than by kids to miss games on a wet afternoon. It takes just one morning with a chain saw for nature’s work of 100 years to be destroyed.

Every architect’s drawing of a new development will be framed by trees, as will every estate agent’s photograph of a property for sale, but we are not re-planting at a sufficient rate to maintain a tree cover which will continue to enhance Tynemouth Village. Manor Road, and the southern end of the Broadway are magnificent tree-lined streets, but these have not been replicated in more recent developments.

Another problem is our nervousness of appropriate species large enough to dominate the town scape. The predominant species throughout the older part of the Village is sycamore – acer pseudoplatanus – but subsequent tree planting has tended to be of small decorative trees such as mountain ash and silver birch or whitebeam which will never make an impact.

The Village Association is working to increase awareness of the vital contribution that trees make to Tynemouth Village, and to encourage everyone to plant trees wherever they can, no matter how small your plot.

Working with North Tyneside Council and with Priory School, a grant has been obtained for the planting of 3 trees in the school playground at the corner of Percy Park Rd and St Oswin’s Place, and the Council will plant 3 sycamores to fill gaps on the Green. This is only a beginning, and we urge everyone to play their part in maintaining and extending the tree cover which plays such a large part in making Tynemouth Village such an attractive place to be.

Tree_Planting Richard Giles

Richard Giles, who has been campaigning for tree planting

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