Ross-on-Wye WaW sponsor a tree
In the spring of 2018 Ross Town Tree Warden, Robert Taylor approached Ross Town Council with the idea of planting an Arboretum. It was agreed and Robert set about planning. Due to the space available, it had to be planted mainly on the edges of grass areas alongside the river Wye and this then led it to become a linear Arboretum. This is not the norm. Ross is the only one in the U.K.
The first tree was planted in April 2019 and since then the Arboretum has continued to be planted and tended by volunteers who had to water the trees twice a week during the long hot summer of 2020. There are 160 trees from many parts of the world and each tree is different. There may be trees of the same species but different cultivars. Perhaps fastigiate or weeping, or a different leaf, colour or flower. Each tree has been sponsored by a member of the community or someone with a connection to Ross at £50 a tree ( tree supplied and planted ). It has proven to be very popular and given the community a sense of ownership of the Arboretum.
There has been some vandalism but where this has occurred, the tree has been replaced if necessary. Robert said: “As the Tree Warden of the town, and with my working background in horticulture, I chose the trees and the public then chose from my list”. Most of the trees have come through 10 or 12 floods unscathed. If you are ever walking in the area why not go and pay them a visit? The Linear Arboretum is down by the river and every tree is labelled.
Ross Walkers are Welcome group decided to sponsor a tree in 2019 and are now the proud “parents” of tree number 49, a crab apple (Malus Profusion Improved) pictured.