Littlehempston is the latest parish in the South Hams to benefit from a living gift to celebrate the 140th Anniversary (1873-2013) of Luscombe Maye. The local estate agency offered an oak tree to each of the parishes in the area, reflecting the company’s oak leaf logo. 34 trees have now been planted and are hopefully thriving in the perfect spring weather we’ve had recently, with both sun and rain! Littlehempston’s has been planted alongside the bridge that carries the public footpath below the Church, where it crosses the land of Colin and Claire Platt.
Staff from all six of Luscombe Maye’s strategically located offices in Totnes, South Brent, Kingsbridge, Modbury, Yealmpton and Newton Ferrers were involved, braving howling winds, dense fog and lashing rain (although a lucky few had beautiful sunny days) to plant oak trees in a variety of lovely locations.
Keeping it local, the trees were ordered from Hill House Nursery in Staverton and many of the trees have been planted in village parks or alongside footpaths – from Salcombe to Holne, Shaugh Prior to Stoke Fleming – while some have provided replacements for older trees. For the parish of Buckfastleigh West, the anniversary tree was proudly planted to provide a successor for old ‘Stumpy’ at Stumpy Oak Cross, and in Totnes a memorial tree in the town cemetery required a replacement which Luscombe Maye was happy to provide. Littlehempston’s replaces an oak that had to be removed during flood repairs last year.
The company was proud to celebrate its 140th anniversary by donating an enduring gift to 36 communities across the South Hams and would like to thank the Parish Councils for providing the opportunity to allow them to celebrate our roots in the community and branch out even further.