Long–time resident of Prospect Hill, Vivienne Jones, will perform the ceremonial tree planting of the first tree of the Greening of Eastcott initiative at 12:00 on Wednesday 16 May, at the corner of Cross Street and Prospect Hill. The tree is a replacement for a one originally planted 30 years ago as part of the Swindon Council’s ‘Dover Street–Prospect General Development Scheme’. The tree was vandalised in the 1990s.
Retired school teacher and keen gardener, Vivienne Jones was born on Old Town hill in 1927. Her family have lived in the area for over 100 years. Vivienne remembers a world lit by gas lamps, with no electricity or phones in houses and milk delivered by the milkman directly from the churn.
Back Garden is working with Queen’s Park Community Council and Kingshill Area Residents Association to replace missing trees; plan for the replacement of mature trees and identify sites for fresh planting, as well as supporting environmental education schemes and urban gardening.
The ’Greening of Eastcott’ will build on the existing work of Queen’s Park Community Garden and Back Garden. It is intended to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Queen’s Park Community Garden was set up in 2010, with the overall aim of creating a vibrant communal garden area in the old rose garden in Queen’s Park, Swindon which can be used by everyone to develop food growing & gardening skills, and to strengthen relationships between individuals and diverse community groups. The group has recently applied for funding from the Big Lottery Community Spaces scheme and hopes to hear to hear whether they have been successful in July this year.