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Trees planted in John Coles Park

8th March 2022 / News archive

Trees planted in John Coles Park

10 new trees have been planted in John Coles Park, all between 8-10 and 16-18 cm girth/ 3.5-4m tall, i.e. ‘semi- mature’ trees which have been grown on from saplings at nurseries to a size where they will have an instant impact on the landscape.

Our thanks go to The Chippenham Lions Club who have generously donated to the Town Council to fund the majority of these trees.

There is a mix of native and ornamental species, 5 are flowering species which are a nectar source for pollinator species. Whilst native trees are important, especially in woodlands, it’s also important to plant ornamental/ non-native trees in parks and gardens, as they broaden the biodiversity and climate resilience of the tree stock.

The trees come from a British nursery that grows all of its own trees, rather than importing them, which is better for biosecurity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The species are as follows:

New trees by the Splashpad and picnic area:

Acer campestre ‘streetwise’; a very hardy cultivar of the native Field Maple, specially selected for urban conditions.

Pyrus calleryana ‘Autumn Blaze’; a cultivar of Pear selected for striking autumn colour. It flowers but does not fruit, ideal for parks. Slightly smaller than the Chanticleer.

-2x Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’; a very hardy cultivar of Pear specially selected for urban conditions. It flowers, but does not fruit.

Sorbus commixta; is an ornamental cultivar of Rowan, but hardier with better disease resistance and good autumn colour.

Sorbus ‘sunshine’- a vigorous cultivar of the native Rowan, hardier and with yellow fruit and white flowers.

New trees elsewhere in the park:

Acer rubrum– Red maple. The iconic ‘Canadian Maple’, with striking autumn foliage.

Acer x freemanii ‘Autumn Blaze’- A cross between red maple and silver maple, with striking silver bark and autumn foliage.

Betula pubescens– Downy Birch/ White Birch. A UK native well suited to wet conditions (i.e. below the dog compound!), but less frequently planted in parks than ornamental birches.

Zelkova serrata– Japanese elm. An ornamental tree with good resistance to Honey fungus.

Our thanks go to The Chippenham Lions Club who have generously donated to the Town Council to fund the majority of these trees.