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New tree trail devised at The Mere in Ellesmere

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Tom Llewellyn from Shropshire Council’s outdoor recreation service has devised a tree trail around The Mere in Ellesmere, as part of continued endeavours to provide an educational element for visitors enriching their experience.

26 trees species have been selected, some native and some exotic, that are fine examples of their species. Each of the selected trees now have a plaque at the base showing the name in English and Latin. In addition, a trail leaflet has been produced, showing the locations of the trees and additional information.

The tree trail forms part of the long-term management and replacement programme of trees at The Mere. In the last year several trees have had to be felled as they were unsafe: replacement trees have been selected for their form and beauty, and form part of the long-term plan to celebrate and manage the trees at The Mere.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for business and culture, said:-

“Appreciation of The Mere by the public grows year on year; some people comment that theyve never known the site looking so good. This is down to continued hard work by staff and dedicated volunteers, and reflects the ongoing Green Flag status and national recognition for the efforts to support our endangered bee populations.”

Ann Hartley, local Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere Urban, said:-

“We are immensely proud of The Mere and Cremorne Gardens as a community in Ellesmere. We must ensure that it remains unspoilt, and retains its natural beauty. The new tree trail is another innovative attraction for the ever-increasing number of visitors.”