Rosliston tree planting and bench, March 2013

Burton Conservation Volunteers helped to complete a landmark tree-planting project in Rosliston, in the form of a financial contribution from Shelley's legacy along with practical help in planting the last few trees and installing a new bench.

The project has seen a mile-long avenue of small-leafed lime trees planted along the approach to the Rosliston Forestry Centre along Burton Road. The existing impressive avenue of horse chestnut trees is unfortunately slowly dying back, and the new line of lime trees will supplement the existing trees, rejuvenating and enhancing the avenue, eventually replacing the conker trees.  It has been very much a community project, with local people, scouts, and graduates from Rolls-Royce all contributing to it over the last few months.

BCV planted the final few trees close to the Forestry Centre itself, along with the new bench.  These trees and bench are in memory of our former treasurer Shelley Brady, and are funded by the remainder of a legacy kindly left by Shelley to BCV.  This fitting memorial complements the lovely riverside orchard alongside the Branston golf course which we also planted in memory of Shelley.  (We pass this orchard on the Washlands to Walton Walk which we organise as part of the National Forest Walking Festival in May.)

The new bench is in an ideal position on one of the woodland walks at the Forestry Centre, and already seems to be popular.  The bench was already in use an hour or two after we installed it, when we had a stroll around the site after finishing the tree-planting.

A cheque presentation with Councillor Mike Lacey Pre-task briefing

Lime tree planting at the entrance to Roslison village

Enhancing the avenue of trees


A new line of lime trees

New lime trees
Planting the final tree outside the Forestry Centre Becky tries out the new bench
New bench in situ A walk around the Forestry Centre site

Web links:

Rosliston Forestry Centre

The Rosliston Project (South Derbyshire District Council website)