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Barcham arboretum plans approved

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Plans for the new arboretum, lake, and retail development. Picture; Barcham
Plans for the new arboretum, lake, and retail development. Picture; Barcham

Up to 40 new jobs created

An arboretum, lake, visitor centre, restaurant and shopping area have been given the go-ahead at Barcham Trees’ Cambridgeshire nursery, creating up to 40 new jobs.

The 17-acre development’s highlight will be a 12-acre arboretum, fitting as Barcham’s is the largest container tree nursery in Europe.

The company was supported by East Cambridgeshire’s tourism office and Soham Town Council – East Cambridgeshire District Council planning officers said it would be a boost to the local and tourist economy.

Plans for the new arboretum, lake and retail development. Picture; Barcham
Plans for the new arboretum, lake, and retail development. Picture; Barcham

‘Educational and practical’

Managing director Mike Glover said of the arboretum: “It will be aesthetically pleasing, educational, practical and a showcase for both our trade and private customers.

“We are the first major tree nursery to see such a facility as part of its remit, and our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to share their expertise with visitors.

“We see this as a natural extension of what the nursery does, which already includes the education of tree-care professionals and involvement with setting arboricultural industry standards.”

Plans for the new arboretum, lake and retail development. Picture; Barcham
Plans for the new arboretum, lake, and retail development. Picture; Barcham

Barcham’s 300-acre site

Barcham Trees has provided more than a million instant-impact trees for the urban environment in Britain, from its 300-acre site next to the A142 between Ely and Soham.

The site will also include a conference centre, plant centre, and 150 car parking spaces, plus overflow parking.

The nursery’s arboricultural director and chairman of the Arboricultural Association Keith Sacre said: “More people than ever now appreciate the huge benefits trees provide for human health and the environment in general, and we are determined the arboretum will be a beacon of sustainability.”

Plans for the new arboretum, lake and retail development. Picture; Barcham
Plans for the new arboretum, lake, and retail development. Picture; Barcham
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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