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Sunday, 4 January 2015
A new plaque for the historic ginkgo in the Knowle park ..... 12 noon Monday 12th January
At midday on Monday 12th January, there will be a small 'ceremony' to replace the plaque for the over-fifty-year-old ginkgo in the Knowle parkland - planted by the then-chair of the Sidmouth Urban District Council. Below is the press release from the Friends of the Byes who have been working with the Sidmouth Arboretum and other groups on tree projects in the Sid Valley:
sign for Ginkgo in Knowle
1954 after an advert was placed in the Sidmouth Herald, Sidmouth Men of the
Trees was set up after a meeting. The founder of ‘Men of the Trees’ was
internationally renowned Richard St Barbe
Baker who visited Sidmouth during these formative years. Richard was a keen
naturalist travelling the globe inspiring tree planting and protection of the
gingko tree was donated to Sidmouth Urban District Council by Sidmouth Men of
the Trees and was formally planted by the then Chairman of SUDC Arthur F White during
his period of office 1969 to 1971.
son Graham White still lives in Newton Poppleford and is keen to see the plaque
replaced. “This is an important part of both Sidmouth’s and my personal
photos attached were taken back in 2010, as the plaque was on its last legs.
last 40 years has seen the plaque deteriorate, to the point where it has
recently been removed.
Tree enthusiast and chair of the Friends of the Byes Michael Horsnell would
like to renew the Plaque.
says “It will cost between £40 and £50 and it would be great if the renewal of
the plaque is a community effort, so we hold on to this important part of
Sidmouth’s history.” He is inviting locals to help with the costs by sending a
small donation to Friends of the Byes who will then pay for the plaque.
you are able, please send a cheque to: Friends of the Byes, Sally Atkinson FOTB
finance secretary, 17 All Saints Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8ER
Friends of the Byes, have overseen 1000’s of hedging, tree saplings and
specimen trees being planted along the Byes, including a community Orchard.
these are some links to the Friends of The Byes Facebook Page where you can
peruse some photos.
The Ginkgo Biloba Presented by The Men of the Trees Planted by Councillor Arthur F White Chairman Sidmouth UDC Knowle Gardens. Guided Tree walk with EDDC Tree officers David Colman and Stuart Baker together with EDDC Parks manager Mark Pollard — in Sidmouth. 10 May 2012 ·