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15/05/2018 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 15 May, 2018
on Chalmers Avenue is helping to give larger vehicles more room along the road,
with several trees being removed from the road verges that divide the street
during the past two weeks.
District Council has been progressively taking out old flowering plum and cherry
trees that had begun to encroach on the road, with other well established trees
on the verges now large enough to take centre stage along the street.
Open Spaces Manager David Askin says the three rows of trees on each verge were
planted many years ago with the intention that the smaller, flowering species
on the two outer rows would be removed once the larger trees in the middle had
grown big enough.
flowering trees are obviously quite pretty in spring, and we’ve enjoyed having
them there, but they have passed their used-by dates, with disease and
die-backs making them look worse for wear. By taking them out, it’s helping to
open up the road more for larger vehicles that may be getting too close for
comfort trying to pass them along the street.
be planting more red oak and English lime trees to fill any larger gaps down
the centre of the verges,” he adds.
Council has been taking the cherry and flowering plum trees out in stages, and
will plant the replacement trees that are needed in winter.