Fundraising appeal to replace storm hit oak tree

Date: Tuesday 05 August 2014

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We pledged our support to a community fundraising appeal to replant an iconic oak tree that was destroyed in a storm.

Oak Aid was launched after savage winds and torrential rain in January 2014 caused irreparable damage to the much-loved oak tree at the King George V playing field in Hurst Green, Surrey, meaning it had to be felled.

Members of the Holland Sports Club decided to launch an appeal to raise money for a new oak tree. Tandridge District Council pledged to contribute half of the £2,246 cost of replanting the tree, while the community set about raising the rest.

We donated £100 towards the Oak Aid fund.

Bob Matthews, co-ordinator of the appeal, says: “The oak tree is thought to have been between 200 and 300 years old and it was completely destroyed in the January storms. The next day a few of us at Holland Sports Club were talking and decided it would be great to plant another tree in its place.

“After a couple of months of negotiation with the council, it agreed to pay half and we are raising the other half. We’re already up to £700 of the £1,100 we need to raise and we’ve held a few events including a gig night and a cricket match.

“The support we’ve had from companies like Taylor Wimpey has been incredibly encouraging. We’ve had everything from coppers to pounds and it’s all starting to add up!”

Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “When we heard that members of the community in Hurst Green were trying to raise money to replant their iconic oak tree, we decided we had to lend our support.

“We wish them the very best of luck in their fundraising efforts and look forward to seeing the new oak tree take root.”

To find out more about the fundraising appeal, visit www.facebook.com/oakaid.

We are currently building  new homes at Meridian Square in Hurst Green.