The more observant amongst you may have noticed some black cones with frilly tops that have appeared at the base of the cherry tress that were planted at the start of last year. These are designed to protect the base of the tree trunks from damage by strimmers which are used to cut the grass.

strimmer guard

strimmer guard

The friends group will be experimenting with several types of guards to see which are most effective at preventing damage. As well as the black cones there are some cylindrical brown plastic protectors. We have also used cut down sections of wire mesh from some of the older tree plantings to give similar protection from the strimmers on a few trees.

The council intends to spot treat the bases of the new trees with herbicide in the spring to reduce the need for strimming around the new trees.

Let us know which sort of guard you prefer.