CHURCHYARD LIME TREES APPEAL

 

Footpath Safety

 

The 11 Lime trees along the public footpath at the side of the Church are becoming dangerous, with branches starting to fall off. The trees, which are the responsibility of Preston church, are in urgent need of trimming (pollarding). If we don't get this done, we risk damage or injury from falling branches, which will only get worse as time goes on. The pictures show how huge they have become.

 

The Church council discussed the work last year, and sought advice from 3 local tree surgeons. The consensus was that the work is necessary and the cost would be between £5,000 and £6,000 pounds. We started putting funds aside for the work, and planned to use proceeds from the Fete to complete the work. This year, the Fete had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are in need of support to raise the funds.

 

The high winds of recent weeks have inflicted further damage, and more branches have been dislodged, highlighting the need for the work to be done sooner rather than later. We are enormously lucky to have footpaths through and around our lovely village. The last time the trees were pollarded was about 30 years ago. We all want the footpaths to remain open and safe for ourselves and the next generation, So, if you are able to, please consider making a contribution towards the cost of looking after them.

 

If you can contribute, please do so on the dedicated Just Giving web site: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/PrestonLimeTrees ,
or send a cheque to Ioan Jones at Buttress Cottage, payable to PCC Preston. The church is a registered charity so, with Gift Aid, your contribution could be even more useful.

 

Alexander Lindsay