Warwick’s voluntary tree wardens were due to celebrate the end of this season’s plantings yesterday (Thursday) when they met in the ballroom of the Old Court House.
So far just over half of the 2,500 trees, shrubs and ‘whips’ have been planted between the Longbridge Island and the Westgate entrance to the town.
Work will start again next winter in what is officially called the Warwick Gateway Scheme.
Town mayor Cllr Bob Dhillon wanted to thank all the volunteers, including Phil Harris, who was one of the early pioneers of the project which secured £10,000 from the Forestry Commission.
Mr Harris, in turn, also thanked all who had supported the environmental scheme. Even the Courier received an honourable mention for its regular reports of the progress being made. Mr Harris said: “We have planted 100 standard trees and 1,500 whips along the route into Warwick - now it is a matter of being patient for a year or two as we watch them start to mature.
“What has pleased me most is that so many different strands of the community, along with the county, district and town councils, have joined in the effort to improve this gateway into Warwick.
“It’s been a magnificent community effort and we will be completing the work we have started next year when the rest of the trees, shrubs and whips are planted.”
It was last July the first volunteers learned they had won the Forestry Commission grant.