Cherry trees add to the regeneration of churchyard at St Mary's in Ashford

Contributed by editor on Mar 14, 2019 - 01:20 PM


Last week Cllr Bill Barrett assisted Aspire Landscape Management with the planting of the first of thirteen upright cherry trees in St Mary's churchyard, Ashford.   

This follows on from the previous churchyard regeneration project led by Cllr Barrett and Cllr Bradford in which the churchyard received a refresh that included the planting of Spring Bulbs including snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils alongside the trimming back of the overgrown trees and brambles in churchyard grounds to keep the area looking neat and tidy.

Reverend Richard Bellamy and Cllr Bill Barrett assist Aspire in planting the first tree  Photo: Ashford Borough Council

Alongside these improvements new lighting was also installed on the tower of the church, lighting up the historic building and creating a focal point for the town centre. The lanterns on the entrance gate to the church were replaced with new bulbs to create an attractive and well-lit area for visitors to walk through after dark.

Cllr Bill Barrett, said: “By adding these trees to the churchyard we have made what was already a beautiful site, thanks to previous refurbishment work, even more picturesque. It is incredibly important that our heritage sites are looked after so that they can receive the admiration they so thoroughly deserve. The churchyard sits in the heart of our town so it is incredibly important that it is a warm and welcoming place.”

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