Colyton trees mark ending of WW1

PUBLISHED: 07:01 17 November 2018

Colyton parish councillors and Royal British Legion members gathered to mark the planting of commemorative willow trees. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Colyton parish councillors and Royal British Legion members gathered to mark the planting of commemorative willow trees. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Willows will also help to protect the Peace Memorial Field from erosion

A new frontline in the battle to safeguard Colyton’s Peace Memorial Playing Field has been put in place – part of the town’s commemorations to mark 100 years since the ending of WW1.

Members of the local parish council and the Royal British Legion branch gathered recently to mark the planting, earlier in the year, of Pitchers - pollarded willows - on the land.

They have been placed at the edge of the field to replace the original trees that grew there for half a century.

The idea to replace them came from parish councillor Ken Clifford, who was ably assisted in the planting by volunteer Nick Weldon.

Cllr Clifford said the reason was two-fold – to mark 100 years since the ending of the Great War and also to act as protection for the field.

He said: “Willows are well used in The Somerset Levels because of their root systems – they will assist to prevent erosion of the field by the nearby River Coly.“

* The gathering took place at the Reece Strawbridge Centre - forced indoors by heavy rain.

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