Those of you who go to the Park regularly, will notice some yellow marks have appeared on some trees. This is not Jamie indulging in a spot of graffiti; he wasn’t very good at it anyway: the trees have been marked by an experienced tree surgeon for the removal of diseased and damaged wood, or branches that need lopping for safety.
It is unfortunate that we seem to have lost a lot of the horse chestnuts in the park to canker, as well as an apple tree. However, the death of the trees will be managed, and whilst they are not a danger the tree trunks will be left in place to provide a habitat for bats, woodpeckers and insects. A diseased chestnut in the wood will come down to allow a rather nice strong oak to thrive, that is very close to it.
The sycamore trees on Clapper Brow are at least 150 years old, we are told, which takes them back to the 1860’s, when the land was a meadow and belonged to Frances Foss (nee Blesard): although we don’t know who the tenant at the time was. On the 1838 tithe map the tenant was Benjamine Shepherd. One sycamore in the nearby wall, has been lost to disease, and will come down – the log will be left in the Park as a feature. All the removed wood will be used either as chipping for the ‘door mats’ or piled up in wildlife log piles and insect hotels
The old oaks, as we thought, are about 100 years old, and possible planted by Jonathan Peate around the time of King George V’s coronation.
The copse hedges are going to be laid, and scrub encouraged back into the copse for wildlife, and to discourage anti-social behaviour. The compost in the top copse will be removed in good time, and will not be allowed to damage the trees.