Two diseased trees in Egerton Road need to be replaced. But Council money for replacement has stopped. Crowdfunding has recently been successfully used to find money for replacement trees in Longmead Avenue, Maple Road and Berkeley Road and now the appeal for Egerton Road has reached its target.
Tom Lander who has set up the appeal says:
'The support has been excellent, with generous donations. We are at over 90%, but stalling a bit after the initial flurry and interest. The result has been better than I expected. People have been very encouraging and obviously value the tree for various reasons.
I leafleted every house in the road to try and capture people who are 'off line'. I also wrote to the 2 schools and church in Egerton Road, hoping for a 'Corporate' sponsor. I left a flyer in the Co-Op.
I contacted the local councillors for some background on how the city reached this position; I was not aware this has been the case (not replacing trees free of charge) for a few years, with the initial replacement scheme being £99 per tree. This kind of fund raising is easier in more prosperous areas / streets and disadvantages poorer ones, which is a concern one of the councillors shared with me.
We were lucky in Egerton Road that we currently 'only' have two trees to replace, as it makes our fund raising target more manageable. I believe Longmead Avenue and Berkely Road, for example, had more trees to fund.
A young resident of Egerton Road kindly, anonymously donated this image (at top of article) to help brighten up my appeal - copies have been attached to the condemned trees.
For up to date information and more about this appeal see: Egerton crowdfunding