Latest round of tree planting in Saffron Walden at Lime Avenue

The latest step has been taken in R4U’s environmental programme, with almost 500 trees being planted on the new open area at Lime Avenue, off Little Walden Road, Saffron Walden, this weekend.

Dave McLellan (R4U) Dave McLellan (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Dave McLellan, who organised this year’s tree planting, said “We’re delighted that Saffron Walden Town Council has been able to plant another 500 trees this year, and I’d like to thank the 5th Saffron Walden cub group and all the other local residents who answered the call for volunteers in the papers for their help. It was a filthy morning on Saturday, and with so many volunteers we managed to get all the trees planted before the rain really set in.”

“Last year the Town Council planted trees mainly on the Common and around the Anglo-American Playing Fields, and because of the covid situation at the time we couldn’t involve local residents, so it was great to have the community fully involved again.”

Cllr McLellan continued “Lime Avenue is the new open space which Saffron Walden Town Council is finally getting after years of delay from Persimmon Homes. After all the effort we have had to put in it’s particularly rewarding to see it being so well used, even though the Town Council are still having to fight with Persimmon to get the changing rooms properly installed. On Saturday morning there were two football games going on the new pitches there, and the surrounding area provides a great outdoor area for residents. As well as the tree planting, we’ve left paths through them and open areas, and I also plan to have wild flower areas there, given their shortage locally and nationally. The Town Council should shortly also be planting mixed native hedging along the road into Lime Avenue.”

Louise Pepper (R4U) Louise Pepper (R4U)

“Finally, I’d like to thank Essex County Council for their help, and for supplying the trees and many tonnes of mulch, and of course the Town Council staff.”

R4U’s Louise Pepper, UDC Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said “This is yet another step in our plans to increase greatly the number of trees in Uttlesford, and my congratulations to Saffron Walden Town Council for it.”

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local independent party of north-west Essex towns and villages. Formed in 2014 by a number of residents’ groups, the party believes that on local issues residents should decide, not Westminster parties. R4U’s success has been based on the desire to give local people a voice and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

R4U leads Uttlesford District Council (UDC). In its first election in 2015 it became the second party at UDC. In the May 2019 R4U took majority control of UDC by gaining two-thirds of the seats. Since then it has set about re-engineering the now award-winning council operates, rebuilding the finances and fixing how planning is done. In 2021 the party won half the Essex County Council seats in Uttlesford district.

R4U also leads Saffron Walden Town Council, where under its stewardship the council has rebuilt finances, invested in community assets, and won multiple awards, including the best run council in Essex. It is a minority party on Great Dunmow Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org.