As a charity the Trust is almost entirely dependent on grants and donations to undertake the maintenance of The Avenue and the trees in Broad Street. Up until last year significant contributions were made by Local Authorities; originally Winchester City Council and for the last five years New Alresford Town Council.
However, with the current budget cuts imposed by all levels of local Government, these costs become difficult to justify and the only remaining support, provided by the Town Council, was withdrawn at the end of 2015. The Town Trust is keen to maintain the standard of care that the residents and businesses of Alresford would expect, and will be continuing to provide the tree maintenance, grass cutting and general maintenance as in previous years, from the general income to the Trust, especially as the Town Council has now agreed a grant to help with the annual maintenance charges which amount to £6000 plus per annum.
The Avenue itself does not create any income to provide for these maintenance costs and so the Trust has launched the Friends of the Avenue scheme to encourage donations and sponsorship from town businesses, residents and tourist events. Sponsorship of the Avenue trees and flowers, and grass cutting, are being offered under this scheme.
Residents are invited to become a ‘Friend’ for a minimum subscription of £25 per annum.If you wish to become a 'Friend of The Avenue' please complete the Application Form which can be found here.
It is hoped that businesses in Alresford will also support our efforts in The Avenue by contributing £500 in sponsorship in return for a sponsorship board on The Avenue and recognition on the Alresford and Town Trust web sites.
If you wish to sponsor The Avenue please e-mail Roy Gentry.