A plaque highlighting a row of lime trees with their roots in the East Lothian town of Haddington’s old industries could soon be in place.

Nine trees on the western side of the River Tyne, near St Mary’s Parish Church, are thought to be linked to historic trades of the town.

Now, Haddington and District Amenity Society (HADAS), which folded in October last year, has been given approval to put a plaque in place explaining the connection of the trees and nine traders.

Andrew Robinson, the founding and final chairman of HADAS, had outlined the reasoning behind the plaque, which will be put in place opposite the trees on Ball Alley.

He said: “We had been considering for some time putting up a plaque close to the nine lime trees in the Ball Alley, Haddington.

“The trees are there to mark the presence in the town of the nine trading incorporations from medieval times through to the 19th century.”

Plans for the plaque were given the green light by East Lothian Council’s planning department last month.

Mike Foy, East Lothian Council’s tree officer, welcomed the idea.

He said: “The line of trade trees is significant in Haddington both historically and in amenity terms.

“We appreciate the work that HADAS did to raise the profile of these trees and look forward to seeing the plaque in place so those passing can learn more about them.”

This story first appeared in the East Lothian Courier.

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