First Uckfield Tree for a Tree ‘alive’

The first sapling planted under Uckfield Town Council’s Tree for a Tree scheme is alive.

An assurance was given to councillors last night (June 15) after concerns from residents that the 10ft (3m) tall oak might be dead.

Councillors planting a tree at West Park in December 2019

FLASHBACK: Tree for a Tree scheme starts with planting at West Park by the town mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, and deputy mayor, Cllr Jackie Love. Pictured right is Cllr Chris Macve and (left) Mark Francis, who looks after the council’s facilities and estates

The sapling was planted last December and has shown few signs of life this spring.

However, checks show there is ‘green’ inside a branch, indicating the sapling is still alive.


Mark Francis, the council’s estates and facilities manager, said at a meeting of the council’s environment and leisure committee:

“The grounds staff are watering the tree.

“There are signs of buds.


“They have checked a branch and it is green inside and healthy.

“The brown leaves are left over from last winter.”

The time of planting had caused something of a shock to the tree, he said, adding:

“It is under observation and it is fit and healthy.”

  • The 10ft (3m) oak was planted just before Christmas last year under a scheme which will see any tree removed because of decay, damage etc replaced with a new sapling – not necessarily at exactly the same spot.

See our report here.

How do I tell if my tree or shrub is dead [external link to RHS site]

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