‘We’re stumped!’ – Search to find mystery Stevenage gardener who planted trees under the cover of darkness

Trees have been planted by a 'mystery gardener' on Letchmore Green in Stevenage. Picture: Louise McE

Trees have been planted by a 'mystery gardener' on Letchmore Green in Stevenage. Picture: Louise McEvoy - Credit: Archant

Local residents and councillors have been left stumped as to who is responsible after trees were mysteriously planted under cover of darkness on a town green.

One of the trees which has been planted by a 'mystery gardener' on Letchmore Green in Stevenage. Pic

One of the trees which has been planted by a 'mystery gardener' on Letchmore Green in Stevenage. Picture: Louise McEvoy - Credit: Archant

The secret gardener has planted six trees on Letchmore Green in Stevenage Old Town.

Resident Matthew Barnard said: “Trees have sprung up on Letchmore Green over the last few weeks. At the dead of night, some guerilla gardener planted first two, then a couple of weeks later another two, and then a further two, bringing the total at this point to six.

“It’s been the talk of the area, with people asking each other if anyone knows who is responsible.

“The consensus seems to be that they are a really positive feature of the otherwise dull green, and could be enjoyed for years to come by the local residents, dog walkers and kids going past on their way to the school up the road.


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“It harks back to a time when the area was far greener and there were trees and shrubs aplenty.”

Mr Barnard’s fears that Stevenage Borough Council is planning to remove the trees have been allayed.

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Councillor John Gardner, executive member for environment and regeneration, said: “We appreciate someone has spent time, effort and money in planting the trees and, as they are unlikely to cause problems and have been well received by local residents, they will remain where they are.

“As a co-operative council, we are always looking at ways we can work together with residents to improve their local area.

“We have written to residents in the area to update them on the trees, and to let them know that if they have any further ideas to improve the common to let us know first so we can work together.”

Can you help us get to the root of the problem? If you are the mystery gardener or know who they are then call the news desk on 01438 866200 or email news@thecomet.net

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