Cost details have been given for the tulip tree planted earlier this week at the junction of London Road and Castlefield Road, Reigate, replacing three cherry trees.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council says the new tree, and herbaceous perennials used as under-planting, cost £2,682.
The money came from a Surrey County Council sponsorship scheme under which businesses advertise on roundabouts: money raised helps local councils such as Reigate & Banstead maintain and improve the sites.
No sponsor had to put in additional money to cover the work, Reigate & Banstead has confirmed.
As the work was done by the council’s own greenspaces team, there were no labour costs.
The tulip tree – Liriodendron tulipefera – replaced three cherry trees, which were put in last spring. They were themselves a replacement, for the old well-known cherry which was in decline and diseased.
Many on social media have been wondering about the cost of the project, given that the trees were there for less than a year.
The trees hadn’t had the expected impact and would have taken a “significant time to mature”, the council said last week.
Reigate Business Guild had also raised concerns about the impact of the trees, Get Surrey reports.
Yesterday the council gave more information:
“The original, much-loved cherry tree was removed as it was dying.
In recent months, we were advised by a specialist that the three replacement cherry trees were at risk of contracting the same disease, which is ground-borne.
In replacing the trees we have also taken the opportunity to review the planting scheme.
The seasonal bedding plants which have traditionally been planted every summer and winter will be replaced with more permanent herbaceous perennial shrubs that require less watering and maintenance, making the planting more cost effective over time and reducing water consumption.”
Below are pictures of the site over time, and all our stories about the various trees are here.
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