Unfortunately several trees in the Park, mostly the horse chestnuts, are dying. Instead of felling them, it has been decided to ‘manage the decline’, and carry out a form of pollarding. By taking out a lot of the head and lower branches, the tree will be less likely to be blown over in a high wind – as happened in the recent gales with some of the nearby conifers. Secondly, children will not be able to swing on the lower branches, thus endangering themselves and the tree. The tree may well also put on some new growth.
We will have to fell one of the large sycamores in the wall of the Park, as it is dangerous, and in danger of falling on a nearby house.