FENLAND District Councillor Peter Murphy joined members of several environmental and heritage groups in Wisbech to plant a new cherry tree in Tillery Field this week (Monday February 1).
Cllr Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, is pictured with members of Wisbech in Bloom, the Friends of Tillery Field, the Friends of St Peter’s Church Gardens and the Octavia Hill Society.
The new tree has been donated by the council to replace one that was planted last year but did not survive.
The picturesque park at the bottom of Alexandra Road has undergone a makeover over the past couple of years with a series of improvements, including the installation of new gates and extra lighting.
Back in the 19th century it was an overflow graveyard for the Church of St Peter and St Paul, when it was called the “New Burial Ground”. The Friends of Tillery Field decided to give it back its original name, which means “the place where tiles are made”.
This year marks the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill, one of Britain’s pioneering environmental campaigners.
Taking part in the tree-planting ceremony with Cllr Murphy were Brian Massingham and Penny Stocks (Wisbech in Bloom), Penny and Rex Carkeck and Sarah Ledger (Friends of St Peter’s), David Edwards, Bridget Holmes and Janet Stevens (Friends of Tillery Field), Peter Clayton (Octavia Hill Society) and Bob Ollier (FDC).