Kiss of Life For Iconic Walpole Park Trees
Council carry out urgent work on heritage trees
Following discussions with a number of tree specialists, the council will take action to preserve the Lime trees by reducing their canopies by up to 40% as part of a long term management solution.
Further work is planned for the trees, including soil improvements and pruning, to encourage healthy growth.
The Lime trees are estimated to be 200 years old and samples will be taken in the spring in a bid to grow new trees from these historic ones.
As part of the park’s tree preservation work, fencing is also currently in place around two 300-year-old Cedar of Lebanon trees.
The cordon will remain while the council waits for the results of tests to check on the condition of the trees.
Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa, cabinet member for Customer and Community Service, said:
“These trees are a very important part of the park and we are investigating every option in order to preserve them. If we find that we have to remove the trees, even after all our efforts, we will ensure the wood is saved and put to good use. We will also try using specialist techniques to re-grow some new trees from the old ones.”
26 January 2011