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Parish Council News

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Florence, watering in the wild flowers

In April, Downton Parish Council and village residents planted a red eating apple tree to commemorate Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Councillors Matthew Randall (on left ) and Gareth Watts (right) assisted Downton girls Florence Randall and Arabella Turner ( wearing cycle helmet). Downton Parish Council provided the tree and brass plaque and Downton resident Malcolm Dean kindly made and donated the oak plinth.

The apple tree, planted on the Beacon mound, will provide blossoms, apples and cheer throughout the year.

After doing so well in helping to plant the tree, Florence wanted to do something more to help the environment. The Parish Council had agreed to encourage wildflowers at the back of the Beacon Green and so (with a bit of help) she strimmed some of the stinging nettles, cultivated some of the bare soil and sowed some wild flower seeds. They were then watered in and now there will be a wait to see what happens, knowing that it may be a bit late in the year. Florence and team even cleared the nettles back to create a compost heap to feed the commemorative tree next Spring.

The tidied and planted up site

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Planting the tree in April

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