Follow the Fetcham Tree Trail where every tree has a story

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The Fetcham village Tree Trail has been officially opened after several months of careful planning and preparation.

Walkers can follow two loops taking in the best street trees in the north and south of the village.

Pictured in front of the magnificent oak tree on the Millpond footpath are Richard Bradfield and Caroline Cardew-Smith, who are both holding copies of the Tree Trail map. 

This can be downloaded and printed from the FRA website, or is available from the Kit Shop in the village (close to the start of the trail) during opening hours.

Caroline says: “My ambition is that people will go out on their own or with their families and follow the tree trail and learn about all the different trees we have in Fetcham. There’s a huge variety of different species on our streets and I hope people will appreciate how lucky we are to have such a vast array of mature trees.”

Richard Bradfield, who co-manages the FRA website’s structure, has put together an interactive map with a link to each tree, telling its story and its botanical name.  The idea is that you can use your smart phone to access this information as you walk from tree to tree.

A section of the Tree Trail map which can be downloaded from the FRA website. Each tree has a number.

The trail was the brain child of environmental committee member, Caroline Cardew-Smith. While walking around the village during the first lock down last March she became aware of the amazing variety of trees in the village, both on the streets and in the open green spaces.

FRA tree warden, Betty Williams, joined forces with Caroline and the two of them started to survey and record a selection of 26 notable trees of different species worthy of inclusion in a Fetcham Tree Trail.

FRA Tree Warden Betty Williams making notes about a cherry tree earlier this year.

The 26 trees chosen are just the beginning. Caroline and Betty are continuing to survey the trees around the village and will be adding more trees to the Tree Trail in the future.  They are also taking photos throughout the year to add to each tree’s story.

Caroline is particularly fascinated by the history of trees across the village.  She would like to hear from anyone who has memories or old photos which show trees in the background, it’s interesting to see whether the trees are still present, or not, and their growth over the years.

Please enjoy the two suggested loops of the Tree Trail and the wonderful trees in the village; children can enjoy the walk in the holidays, or just look out for the trees if it’s on your way to school, work, or just out walking.

For any feedback, photos and comments please email: fetchamtreetrail@gmail.com

www.fetchamresidents.co.uk/fetcham-tree-trail

The Millpond Oak (Tree No 1) is at least 175 years old and has a girth of 3.6 metres.

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