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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 15:33 GMT
Cricket club plans tree planting
The blown-over tree
The 200-year-old tree was found blown over in gales
The famous lime tree which stood inside the boundary of Canterbury's cricket ground is to be replaced, after being blown over in high winds.

President of Kent County Cricket Club Brian Luckhurst will perform the planting ceremony of the new lime tree on 8 March at the St Lawrence Ground.

The old tree, a landmark at the ground, was more than 200 years old.

Staff reporting for work this month found just a 7ft stump left after it was blown over in gales.

Fans place flowers

A new tree planted by the club in 1999 will be moved in March to the site of the old tree.

The ground opened in 1847 - built around the tree.

If the ball hit the tree it counted as four runs.

The club knew the tree, which stood more than 100ft tall at its peak, was in ill health in the late 1990s and had it pollarded - the removal of the top and branches - to encourage growth.

Around the same time they planted the new tree as a replacement should it die.

Cricket fans have placed flowers around the stump this week in memory of the tree.

The club will be making wood from the dead tree into a range of mementos to go on sale to supporters.

R.I.P. Kent's cricket ground tree
11 Jan 05 |  Magazine


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