Date: Tuesday 04 November 2014
A new tree has been planted to replace an iconic oak tree that was destroyed in a storm, thanks to a community fundraising appeal.
The much-loved oak tree at the King George V playing field in Hurst Green, Surrey – near to our Meridian Square development – had to be felled after it was badly damaged by savage winds in January 2014.
Following the storm, members of Holland Sports Club launched the Oak Aid appeal to fund the planting of a new tree – and we lent our support to the campaign by donating £100.
The community organised a series of fundraising events, including a gig night and a cricket match, with the appeal reaching its £1,123 fundraising target in August. This was match-funded by Tandridge District Council and the new tree was planted on Wednesday 29th October.
What’s more, because the appeal surpassed its original target, it’s hoped a new bench will be installed by the tree as well.
Bob Matthews, co-ordinator of the Oak Aid appeal, says: “I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey and everybody else who contributed to the appeal who helped to turn this idea into a reality.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so when we heard about the Oak Aid appeal, we were only too pleased to help out.
“We are therefore delighted to see the planting of a new oak tree, which we hope will bring much pleasure to local people for generations to come.”
There’s a superb selection of three and four-bedroom homes currently available at Meridian Square.