Chatteris councillors plant replacement oak
Chatteris councillors have dug deep and planted an oak tree.
Mayor James Carney, aided by his daughter Kathy, planted the Scarlet Oak tree in a small corner of Larham Way.
It replaced a tree which stood in Ash Grove but had to be felled after it was deemed unsafe.
The town council had tried to save the tree, but a tree officer ruled it could not be saved.
Chatteris councillors then tried to get a replacement tree planted on the parcel of land where the original tree stood.
Aided by Fenland Council, they discovered the land belonged to the Crown Estates, but the estates could not give their blessing for a tree to be planted on the land. The district council agreed for a tree to be planted in a different location, and the town council chose the small area of grass just around the corner.
A planting ceremony was held recently, attended by councillors Peter Murphy, Linda Ashley, Bill Haggata and Julie Smith.