Palms trees are cut down

By Richard Whitehouse   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Thursday 4th January 2018 4:25 pm
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palm tree stumps in the raised beds on the South Embankment

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Replanting is about to take root along the front.

Raised beds which contained some tall palm trees on the South Embankment are being prepared for replanting. The replanting received a promise of county locality funding from money under the control of Devon County Councillor Jonathan Hawkins, last summer. Workmen from South Hams cut down a number of palm trees in the week following New Year and began to clear the raised beds of weeds.

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins said: “There’s been a need to get them replanted for some years now. I offered South Hams some of my county locality fund last summer. It has taken longer than I would have wished.

“We have a meeting on Tuesday, January 9, to which officers of South Hams, Stevie Rodgers of Dartmouth Green Partnerships, Rob Lyons representing Mayflower 400, a representative of Old Dartmothians, myself and District Cllr Hilary Bastone, have been invited.

“The planting will take place over the next few weeks and it needs to be planted so it is low maintenance and durable considering its exposed position. This is why Stevie is giving us her suggestions. But we want to do something that fits in with the overall plan for the green spaces of Dartmouth which is why we have invited all those who can assist.”

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