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Tree planting brings back fond memories for Portslade resident

1st April 2022

A long-term Portslade resident has helped to plant trees on the green opposite her home of more than 70 years.

Audrey Bromley, 92, took part in a community tree planting in Stonery Close, Portslade, on Thursday, 24 March.

The event was organised by CPRE Sussex and supported by Brighton & Hove City Council as part of the Forgotten Places project.

Audrey’s daughter Sharon Dowds said: “What a great opportunity for my 92-year-old mum to help with the planting of trees on the green opposite where she has lived for 70 years.

“It certainly made her day as she reminisced of all the fun times she and her family have enjoyed over those years – my brothers playing football endlessly on the green, birthday picnics, celebrations shared with the local community.

“It is as important now as it was when l was growing up to have areas in which youngsters can play, climb trees, gather and play games, so it is lovely to see groups, such as CPRE Sussex, continuing to support, maintain and develop these areas for the benefit of the community.

“I was as proud as my mum to know and see that people do care about the local environment.”

Thursday saw two Turkish hazel planted to join two others which had gone in earlier in the year.

The trees will help to replace diseased elms which recently had to be removed from the area.

Jenni Cresswell from CPRE Sussex said: “This marks the very last planting for the Forgotten Places project which we got done super quick in the blazing sunshine. It was a wonderful note to end this fantastic project on.”

In 2021, CPRE Sussex’s Plant your Postcode volunteers, supported by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Arboriculture team and Hove Civic Society, made a successful bid to take part in Forgotten Places.

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