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Revised park tree planting bid back on table

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By Christie Breen
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Revised park tree planting bid back on table

A PROPOSAL to plant trees at Waterside Park in Moffat has sparked the interest of community members.

The planting project has been put forward by long-time resident Roy Anderton-Tyers as way to ‘harmonise’ the area, as he explained: “Throughout the covid pandemic I was blessed to have the open areas around Moffat to escape to. I continue to daily enjoy the freedom to enjoy the Moffat Waterside walks and the Annanside recreation area.

“At the height of Covid in 2021 I submitted a plan to increase the harmonisation of these two areas, and further enhance Moffat life, with a lightly planted scheme.”

According to the plans, up to 50 oak trees would be planted in the 1.8 hectare grassed area of Waterside Park nearest to the Annan Water path, keeping the already existing mowed walkways and benches in place.

The project was discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of Moffat and District Community Council.

Commenting on the project, community councillor Leys Geddes said: “This is version two of this plan, there was an initial proposal that seemed to suggest hundreds of tree would be planted and many of the neighbours in the area objected.”

Secretary Mick Barker added: “The purpose of this discussion is to alert people to the fact that there is a proposal to plant trees, rather than to consult over it at the moment, but keep your eyes out for further information and possible consultation at a later time.”

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