City families urged to sponsor a tree

December 23 2015

A REDLAND couple is branching out this Christmas, by sponsoring a tree for their two children.

A REDLAND couple is branching out this Christmas, by sponsoring a tree for their two children.

It is part of the council’s new online sponsorship scheme, which allows people to plant a tree in the city to mark a special occasion.

Ben and Emma Dunscombe, along with their children Jamie, six, and Lucy, two, planted the horse chestnut tree on the Downs – a place which they regularly visit as a family – at a special tree planting event to celebrate the council’s latest programme.

Ben says that he hopes the children will remember planting the tree and will watch it grow for years to come.

 “I was born in Bristol and have lived in Cotham and Redland for most of my life,” Ben said. “My wife moved to Bristol nearly 10 years ago and both our children Jamie and Lucy were born here.

“We frequently visit the Downs, it is an amazing facility for everyone to use.

“Jamie and Lucy are now six and two and we hope they will remember planting the tree and will be able to watch it grow for the rest of their lives, possibly into the next century.

“Also as it is a horse chestnut tree we hope that it will grow some champion conkers.”

Prospective sponsors can view an online interactive map, which displays the trees and locations that are available.

Prices starting from £175. Packages include a certificate and a map indicating the tree’s location, and a plaque can be added for an additional £25.

For more information on how you can sponsor a tree, visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/tree-bristol-sponsorship

Dunscombe family