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New avenue of trees at Bancroft thanks to Rotary

13 May 2022
Rotary Club group with avenue of cherry trees
Cllr Jarvis (back centre) with members of the the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

New trees have been planted at Bancroft in Hitchin, to form an avenue across the park, thanks to sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse.

The 12 cherry trees – aka Prunus Pink Perfection – will produce double pink flowers borne in long clusters and at maturity will produce a broadly oval crown up to a height of 8m. Plaques have been installed to promote the Rotary’s sponsorship, which included money from local businesses and is valued at just over £3,000.

Close up of plaque on one of the 12 Rotary trees

The avenue runs along either side of the footpath from the bandstand to the corner entrance heading towards Nightingale Road.

Councillor Steve Jarvis, Executive Member for Environment and Leisure, said: “The avenue of trees is a lovely addition to the park. We’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse and local businesses for sponsoring them.”

Tim Ray, Rotary President, added: “It’s great to give something back to our community which will bring joy and pleasure to many for years to come.”

The 12 trees join the eight Queen’s Jubilee trees and the 10,000 trees that were given away and planted throughout North Herts to help fight climate change.