Northcourt Avenue lime trees (photo: Mary Parry).

The residents of Northcourt Avenue will be celebrating the much-loved lime trees that line their road in a street party on Sunday 3 June. The road will be closed to traffic between Ennerdale Road and Stansfield Close from 3.30pm util 6pm.

The party will start at 4pm and last until 5.30pm and will include a shared afternoon tea, tree-themed crafts, raffle and a lime tree quiz.

“Our local community was keen to celebrate and draw attention to the importance of our 60 lime trees,” said the party organiser Dr Hilary Geoghegan. “We’ve been delighted by the interest from local residents in the street tree party. Over 30 households are lending their support to the event.”

The Woodland Trust had identified Northcourt Avenue as a pilot street tree celebration site. On their website, they explain their street trees project:

They’re our neighbours. Old friends. They’re at the heart of our community. Street trees add character to our streets, join us on our daily commute and provide a host of benefits for people, wildlife and our urban environment.

Poor management, shrinking budgets and simple neglect means our street trees are disappearing. It’s up to us to stand up and demand change. We want to see more street trees planted and better care for those we already have.

Northcourt Avenue residents held a successful afternoon tea last year in aid of the Big Lunch and to celebrate the life of MP Jo Cox.

The Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) published a history of Northcourt Avenue in 1996, by Penny Kemp, which is available here.