Sidmouth Town Council in East Devon have declared the entire Town Council area a Civic Arboretum: the first one in the world. The initial idea came from the local Chamber of Commerce. On 10th May this year a launch event was held to explain the thinking behind the arboretum project. The Civic Arboretum is described as a ‘celebration of our tree heritage, a commitment to plant more trees for future generations and a determination to improve the visual welcome.’
The South West Coast national trail includes a walk called Salcombe Hill, which actually encompasses the Sid Valley, a major part of the arboretum, and makes specific mention of the Civic Arboretum, the tree data base and a particularly interesting ancient oak tree visible on the walk.
What a wonderful idea! We have a substantial collection of mature trees and new planting in particular in Haysden Country Park. Perhaps we should consider a civic arboretum for Tonbridge – maybe themed along the River Medway or Haysden Country Park. Ideas and comments anyone?