Tree-mendous achievement for Friends of Lewes

From left, James Newmarch, Nick Jones, Peter Thurman, Nick Jarvis, David Saunders, Keith Sacre, Jon Gunson
From left, James Newmarch, Nick Jones, Peter Thurman, Nick Jarvis, David Saunders, Keith Sacre, Jon Gunson

A bleak industrial estate in Lewes has been improved with the addition of four trees thanks to the Friends of Lewes.

Volunteers from the group’s urban arboretum project planted trees in the Malling Industrial Estate in Brooks Road on Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8.

There is now a wild cherry, Norway maple, a Swedish whitebeam and an American elm, planted in line with an existing mature London Plane tree.

The Friends of Lewes were given permission by landlords Hallcourt Ltd and had the support of the unit tenants.

Chair of the group’s tree committee Neil Merchant said: “While parts of the estate have some mature trees, others are woefully lacking, and the views – both on the ground and from Malling Down – are bleak.

“Further, the development of the area between Orchard Road and the Malling Industrial Estate entailed the felling of a large number of trees last year, and this is a small step to compensate for those losses.”

The volunteers planted an Oriental plane in Southover School grounds, replacing the mature beech tree that was felled because of disease a few years ago.

The plane was chosen so it would succeed the London plane at the school entrance nearby.

FoL’s Lewes Urban Arboretum group hope to extend the South Downs Road avenue to link to trees in front of the Royal Mail office and ambulance garage.

They also want to replace trees lining roads in the Wallands area and roadside “gateway” trees at the entrances to Lewes.