Fundraisers pledge to carry on with efforts for tree in Wimborne Square after £35k estimate

Bournemouth Echo: LOOKING BARE: Pamela and Pat with the solitary tree in Wimborne Square LOOKING BARE: Pamela and Pat with the solitary tree in Wimborne Square

A PAIR of fundraisers hoping to brighten up Wimborne Square by planting a new tree have been told their vision could cost more than £35,000 to achieve.

Undeterred by the “ridiculous” estimate, Pamela Shrubb, chairman of Vision Wimborne, and Pat Hymers, Wimborne councillor for Dorset District Council, say they will continue with their fundraising efforts. Mrs Shrubb said the Square, which currently has one tree, has been looking bare since its refurbishment.

“We were thinking about it right from the time the Square was remodelled,” she said.

“A lot of residents in Wimborne are not happy with the way it is at the moment.”

The fundraising duo hoped to plant a new plane tree in a bid to “soften” the area but after consulting with East Dorset council they were told it could cost up to £35,800. The council said the bulk of the money would be spent on an archaeological dig which may have to be carried out before the tree was planted.

Following the estimate Mrs Shrubb said they were now considering the option of planting a tree in a container instead. “It seems ridiculous,” she said. “If they don’t want to dig a hole in the Square because they are worried about the archaeology then we could have a tree in a very big container.

“It’s an alternative we’ve been looking at.”

The issue will be considered by the Town Centre Liaison Group, which manages the Square on behalf of the council.

Lindsay Cass, head of property and engineering at East Dorset District Council, said: “We are not able to give a definite costing for planting a permanent tree in the Square as there are several factors, such as archaeology and underground services, which will not be known until any excavations take place.

“We have produced a budget estimate of £35,800 which is based on the actual costs in 2012, of the existing tree plus allowances for other costs, which may or may not be incurred – an archaeological dig being the most significant.”

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5:26am Fri 9 May 14

we-shall-see says...

Why was the archaeological dig not carried out when the "improvements" were done then?

I have only visited Wimborne once since the so called improvements were done. Prior to that I shopped there at least twice a month. It looks horrible and has taken away all the original character of the town. No more shopping there for me .....
Why was the archaeological dig not carried out when the "improvements" were done then? I have only visited Wimborne once since the so called improvements were done. Prior to that I shopped there at least twice a month. It looks horrible and has taken away all the original character of the town. No more shopping there for me ..... we-shall-see
  • Score: 7

6:09am Fri 9 May 14

yet_another_one says...

This 'archaeological dig' thing is a further red herring & gives our wonderful authorities time to sit on their backsides to ponder shall we or shan't we !!!
Too much dilly dallying - for goodness sake, get the tree planted & make Wimborne the vision it deserves.
This 'archaeological dig' thing is a further red herring & gives our wonderful authorities time to sit on their backsides to ponder shall we or shan't we !!! Too much dilly dallying - for goodness sake, get the tree planted & make Wimborne the vision it deserves. yet_another_one
  • Score: 8

6:51am Fri 9 May 14

Tig says...

You couldn't make this up. No wonder her arms are folded!
You couldn't make this up. No wonder her arms are folded! Tig
  • Score: 14

7:19am Fri 9 May 14

BIGTONE says...

EDDC is full of skeletons.
EDDC is full of skeletons. BIGTONE
  • Score: 9

7:35am Fri 9 May 14

Samo245 says...

we-shall-see wrote:
Why was the archaeological dig not carried out when the "improvements" were done then?

I have only visited Wimborne once since the so called improvements were done. Prior to that I shopped there at least twice a month. It looks horrible and has taken away all the original character of the town. No more shopping there for me .....
Good, you're not wanted!
[quote][p][bold]we-shall-see[/bold] wrote: Why was the archaeological dig not carried out when the "improvements" were done then? I have only visited Wimborne once since the so called improvements were done. Prior to that I shopped there at least twice a month. It looks horrible and has taken away all the original character of the town. No more shopping there for me .....[/p][/quote]Good, you're not wanted! Samo245
  • Score: 6

8:16am Fri 9 May 14

4FCB says...

Pamela Shrubb ..... Boom Boom!!!
Pamela Shrubb ..... Boom Boom!!! 4FCB
  • Score: 4

9:13am Fri 9 May 14

boyerboy says...

I have a spare hole they can have, where should I send it?
I have a spare hole they can have, where should I send it? boyerboy
  • Score: 6

10:12am Fri 9 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Got to raise funds for the councillor's wages somehow!
Got to raise funds for the councillor's wages somehow! speedy231278
  • Score: 4

10:47am Fri 9 May 14

Norman Stansfield says...

Ah yes, I remeber this one. The inconventient plane tree that conveniently had some kind of disease, so had to make way for development. I'd suggest planting some trees, ones with extensive root systems, in the holes of some members of EDDC.
Ah yes, I remeber this one. The inconventient plane tree that conveniently had some kind of disease, so had to make way for development. I'd suggest planting some trees, ones with extensive root systems, in the holes of some members of EDDC. Norman Stansfield
  • Score: 2

11:43am Fri 9 May 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

How about fundraising for ill children rather than a flipping tree? Get a grip on reality you two!
How about fundraising for ill children rather than a flipping tree? Get a grip on reality you two! Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: -5

6:03pm Fri 9 May 14

60plus says...

When they dug up the square why wasn't it tested then? Wimborne use to be a lovely place now it is soulless,if it wasn't for waitrose I wouldn't bother going.they should take a leaf from Ringwood their square is good.
When they dug up the square why wasn't it tested then? Wimborne use to be a lovely place now it is soulless,if it wasn't for waitrose I wouldn't bother going.they should take a leaf from Ringwood their square is good. 60plus
  • Score: 8

8:30am Sat 10 May 14

Peroni says...

How can it cost £35000 ,to lift a few slabs dig a hole and throw a tree into it.
Cut the slaps to fit around it .
Are the councils ever ashamed of the amounts they spend over the top for work.
Or there just happy with the brown envelope they get after !
How can it cost £35000 ,to lift a few slabs dig a hole and throw a tree into it. Cut the slaps to fit around it . Are the councils ever ashamed of the amounts they spend over the top for work. Or there just happy with the brown envelope they get after ! Peroni
  • Score: 4

1:21pm Sat 10 May 14

spooki says...

Why wait until the place is paved over (looks nice) and THEN decide you want a tree? There's one there already, that will probably grow through the flooring at some point as well as shedding leaves, flowers or berries all over that lovely shiny paving which looks treacherous in the rain.
Spend the money on something worthwhile!
Why wait until the place is paved over (looks nice) and THEN decide you want a tree? There's one there already, that will probably grow through the flooring at some point as well as shedding leaves, flowers or berries all over that lovely shiny paving which looks treacherous in the rain. Spend the money on something worthwhile! spooki
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Sat 10 May 14

power_ranger says...

Give me the £35,000 and I'll plant as many effin' trees as you like!
Give me the £35,000 and I'll plant as many effin' trees as you like! power_ranger
  • Score: 2

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