1,000 trees planted in Seaford in one morning

Volunteers turned out in force on Saturday to plant 1,000 new trees in Seaford and made the event such a success it finished early.

Tree wardens had asked for people to help plant the trees, funded by Seaford Town Council and the Big Tree Plant Scheme, in Chalvington Fields.

Norman Baker, MP, arrived to help plant some trees – a mix of native species – and offer his support.

“This is a superb effort, not only in terms of planting the trees, but also for bringing members of the community together,” he said.

Local councillors included Stephen Gauntlett, Tony Nicholson, Sam Adeniji, Anthony White and Sylvia Dunn, who arrived with their spades, families and friends and got to work.

Residents of all ages turned up to help throughout the morning.

Keith Blackburn, chair of Seaford Tree Wardens, said: “This was a fantastic day, and we were delighted with the number of volunteers who came to help.

“We were really lucky with the weather. The recent rain meant the ground was damp, but Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day.

“We managed to plant all 1,000 trees by lunchtime.”

Among the volunteers were members of the Rotary Club, Seaford Natural History Society, Seaford Allotment Society, Friends of Tidemills and LR Garden Services.

Chris Bibb, of Lewes District Council, offered invaluable help in planning the event, arranging for the planting sites to be rotivated and in helping out on the day.

A supervised group of Community Services Workers also took part.

To find out more about Seaford Tree Wardens, or to help in future tree plantings, please contact Margery Diamand on 873475 / margerydiamand@hotmail.com or go to