Saturday, 11 December 2010

News re Tree. From the Herald Express

A NEW tree is to be planted in Torquay's Princess Gardens.

The deciduous Hungarian Oak will replace the giant Holm Oak which had to be felled for safety reasons.

The replacement Hungarian Oak (Quercus frainetto) will be planted on Wednesday next to the site of the removed tree.

Cllr Dave Butt, cabinet member for community services, said: "Unfortunately, the Holm Oak had to be removed but we have endeavoured to find a suitable replacement in a location as close as possible to the site of the removed tree.

"The new Hungarian Oak, which is currently around five metres tall, is a lovely tree and will add to the beauty of the promenade for years to come."

Council tree officer Neil Coish said: "A huge amount of hard work goes into the Bay's tree planting programme for residents and visitors to enjoy.

"We take our responsibility for our trees around the Bay very seriously and will only cut one down as a last resort if it is found to be dying, diseased or a hazard.

"In this instance, where it has not been possible to save the tree, we are really pleased to be able plant a new tree close by."

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That was quick. Has the Town Hall finally got fed up with constant critisim regarding their tree felling policy. So far the score seems to be 700 cut down and 60 new trees planted in the last few years.


Cabbie J said...

Yet they let the trees along Teignmouth Road in Upton stand, despite them being dangerous and expensive to maintain in the winter.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I'd say this but to be honest the area looks far better with that huge tree now removed. A lovely clear view now exists from roadway through to Marina and in my opinion this is a vast improvement much as I love trees and normally am very reluctant to see any felled. In this particular instance it is a shame there is a replacement ready to go in!!