The Friends’ Tree Sponsorship
Lime Tree Project
For our latest project we plan to help fund the replacement of the sycamore trees that line the west-side of the moat and provide a green backdrop to the range of outbuildings in the Courtyard. What you might not have noticed is that the amount of greenery is getting less and less each year. The whole row has succumbed to Honey Fungus and all seven trees are slowly dying – an eighth tree was removed a couple of years ago for safety reasons. The cost of the felling and replacement with trees some 12 ft tall with guards to prevent the cows damaging them, is about £3,000. As we cannot provide that level of funding, we felt that individual Friends might wish to support us with sponsorship. The form enclosed with this Newsletter offers you an exciting opportunity to support something that will last for hundreds of years. The replacement trees are to be Tilia Cordata, better known as small-leaved lime, or linden.
It is said that a tree standing in the courtyard of the Imperial Castle at Nuremberg is a linden tree, planted by Empress Cunigude, wife of Emperor Henry II of Germany. Their reign was near the beginning of the 11th century. Though old and sparse, the tree still stands today.
Will our trees last 1000 years? Probably not (although it would be entirely possible), but we can certainly hope they will last several hundred, and as we walk round the moat in June and July we can revel in the wonderful, intoxicating scent of their flowers.
We plan to commemorate the sponsors, but have not yet decided the most suitable format for this.
This isn’t only open to members of The Friends, so if you would like further information on sponsorship, or would like to make a donation to the Project, please download a form HERE