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Portsmouth Lord Mayor Cllr Cheryl Buggy, with members of the Portsmouth Society and the Southsea Association, and school children from St John’s Junior School

Published in the Portsmouth News on Saturday 10th December 2011

FOUR Elm trees have been planted on Southsea Common, with the promise of more to come as part of National Tree Planting Week.

The trees, planted at the Ladies Mile, were donated by the Portsmouth Society and the Southsea Association.

A crowd of nearly 100 people gathered to see them planted, with help from Portsmouth Lord Mayor Cllr Cheryl Buggy, under the watchful eye of John Stokes from The Tree Council, the UK’s leading tree charity.

The trees, all from Hillier Nurseries, were planted using a traditional silver spade, with help from the trowels of children at St John’s Junior School.

Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson was also in attendance, along with the council’s arboriculturist Stuart Campbell.

Forty more elms are to be planted along the Ladies Mile in the coming days before an application is made to The Tree Council for further cash for trees in Portsmouth’s open spaces in 2012.

The Tree Council has set aside millions of pounds to encourage communities across the country.

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