A new information panel explains the history of the tree

The life and story of historic Newtown Black Poplar is now available for all to read on a new interpretive board below.

The tree, along the river bank in the Shortbridge Street car park, was a finalist in Wales’ Tree of the Year 2019. It may be the only tree that can say it moved from one side of a river to the other after the The River Severn was rerouted during flood defense works in the 1960s.

“Few trees can tell a story, but this iconic black poplar in the center of Newtown has an interesting survival story. It’s an inspiring story of survival that began in the 1960s and has since withstood many changes in its environment and continued to thrive,” a Newtown City Council spokesperson said.

The Tree of the Year finalists provided a free tree survey to Powys County Council and £500 to the City Council to provide an information board which has now been placed under the tree.

The spokesperson added: “Since the tree was named by the City Council as Wales’ 2019 Tree of the Year, and being a finalist, a specialist tree report survey has been provided free of charge to the owner , Powys CC) and £500 to the City Council for interpretation advice The survey provided guidance to Powys County Council on how best to preserve the tree for years to come.

“The story of its survival is now in place for all to read with the installation of an interpretive sign telling the story of Newtown’s rare and endangered species. The tree has remained a popular attraction in the city ​​to locals and visitors alike, providing a welcome landmark for all.”

Local designer Dan Badger was commissioned by the city council to meet the requirements for a bilingual interpretive sign, including the history of Newtown’s black poplar and other information about the black poplar species.

“We hope residents and visitors will enjoy reading about the fascinating history of this special tree,” the city council spokesperson said.

Pictured: The Mayor of Newtown, Cllr Richard Williams (right) with Cllr Richard Edwards

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