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There will be a number of local people who remember Tavia Maclean, who lived in Norbroom Drive for well over 30 years and was particularly interested in planting trees and local wild plants on Norbroom Marsh. She was also the Co-ordinator and then president of Newport History Society. Her work with the other members of the Vernacular Architecture Group of Newport History Society is unsurpased in respect of defining the history of the town centre.
Sadly Tavia died almost twelve months ago and a few of her friends have arranged for (at the moment) 9 trees to be planted on the Marsh: “Tavia’s Trees”. These will be 8-10ft tall, bare-root rowans, wild service and Shropshire damsons.
We will be digging the holes on Norbroom Marsh on Saturday 11th March at 11am and then planting the trees and some Euonymous Europeus whips (Spindle Berry) on Sunday 12th March at 2pm.
If any of you who remember Tavia and would like to join in, please come with spade in hand to spend a short time, either in digging the holes or in planting and staking the trees. Alternatively just come along on the Sunday. As you enter the Marsh, we will be visible on the right hand side, backing onto Aqualate Close. Please join us.
In Remembrance of NHS President Tavia Maclean, who died earlier this year.
Our appeal to raise funds for ‘Trees for Tavia’ at Norbroom Park Newport, for which we are intending to finalise funds in January -planting trees in March. A site has been identified by Adrian Corney ( TWC) and there will be a planting on the weekend of March 14th or 15th. Tavia was a huge supporter of natural history as well as local history, and so a glade of trees seems appropriate.
If you wish to contribute, Newport History Society will be the place to lodge funds: please either contribute by cash to Linda Fletcher, Rose Jenks, Gill Watkins or please write a cheque made payable to Newport History Society and send to me at 32 Station Road, Newport, TYF10 7EN. This will then be passed to the treasurer of Newport History Society. Obviously, all funds sent to us will be used soley for this purpose. Everyone who subscribes will be given details of the planting ceremony in March
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