Trees will lift spirits

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CONTRARY to the view expressed by a local resident (Bury Free Press, April 13), on the Jubilee trees planted on the Gainsborough Recreation Field, I see them as a future asset.

At present, they are whips, so their growth will be interesting to observe, especially for the children and volunteers who helped plant them.

I walk this field daily with the dog, and that corner can be particularly cold, so the trees will provide a windbreak, shelter for birds and insects, pollen for bees and a future area where children can play.

As for the new tree planting area preventing games and sports, there is a safe playground for young children, the football pitch provides plenty of room for various activities, both between matches and after the season ends, and there is adequate space for people to sit and relax in the shade of the mature trees around the field.

Living alongside nature, rather than seeing it as an unwelcome encroachment, can lift the spirits and give perspective to our own impact on the world.

Jill Calton,

Winchester Road,

Bury St Edmunds.