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Guildhall Feoffment headteacher Andrew Hammond offers controversial metal trees a new home at Bury St Edmunds school




Controversial metal trees which are languishing in storage have been offered a new home in Bury St Edmunds.

The £20,000 trees, which stood in St Andrew's Street South until vehicle damage forced their removal in 2016, have been hidden from public sight while St Edmundsbury Borough Council continues its search for a new location.

Last week, it admitted it had not been able to find a 'workable location' for them.

Headteacher Andrew Hammond would like the controversial metal trees to find a new home at Guildhall Feoffment Primary School. Pictured is a concept of where the trees could be 'planted' at the school. Picture: Mecha Morton (6739826)
Headteacher Andrew Hammond would like the controversial metal trees to find a new home at Guildhall Feoffment Primary School. Pictured is a concept of where the trees could be 'planted' at the school. Picture: Mecha Morton (6739826)

Now, Guildhall Feoffment Primary headteacher Andrew Hammond says he would be delighted to offer the trees a home at the school, adding they had the potential to create numerous educational and social benefits.

"I'm trying to create magical memories here and I think having the trees on the school site would help," he said.

"They are exactly the sort of thing the children would remember in years to come. They are unique."

As the school is on a land-locked town centre site with no fields, Mr Hammond believes the trees could enrich the learning environment.

A St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokesman said the trees could not be sited at Guildhall Feoffment because they need to be installed in public open space in the town centre. As the school is not open to all to walk around it would not fit the bill.

Mr Hammond added: "We will happily 'store' them on display in our playground until the council finds a new home for them. They are not currently on show at all, but we could put them on show to 370 children, plus their families.

"We have got a lovely modern building which would be a fantastic backdrop for them. The trees would look amazing and would be at home here. We would look after them."

The metal trees, which were funded through section 106 contributions from Arc shopping centre developers Centros Millar, were installed in St Andrew's Street in June 2015 and removed in May 2016.



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