Trees will have to be re­moved from park

The Oban Times - - News -

AS PART of the start to the £ 3.3 mil­lion Her­mitage Park re­gen­er­a­tion and con­ser­va­tion project, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and Friends of Her­mitage Park have or­gan­ised a tree walk this Satur­day (Jan­uary 7), to up­date peo­ple on the work about to be­gin and ex­plain why some of Her­mitage Park’s trees have to be re­moved.

A con­trac­tor is set to be ap­pointed to start the work that will re­gen­er­ate the He­lens­burgh park with im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing a new pav­il­ion, a foun­tain plaza on the site of the old millpond, ex­ten­sive con­ser­va­tion of the war me­mo­rial, new paths and light­ing, in­ter­pre­ta­tion pan­els, a new chil­dren’s play area and a demon­stra­tion gar­den.

A tree sur­vey, which in­cluded the use of an aerial drone, pro­vided de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the con­di­tion and shape of the park’s trees. It iden­ti­fied around 70 that need to be re­moved be­cause they are dead, dy­ing or dis­eased, in poor shape, out of scale or planted too close to­gether.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Mor­ton, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for in­fra­struc­ture, said: ‘When the re­gen­er­a­tion is com­plete, Her­mitage Park will be a show­case green space. The re­moval of the dy­ing, dis­eased and poor trees at this stage will make room for new trees to be planted as part of the project. We are also work­ing with a num­ber of lo­cal groups to re­cy­cle the tim­ber from the trees that are felled.’

Fiona Baker, chair­woman of the Friends of Her­mitage Park, added: ‘ While it is sad that some of the big and old trees need to be felled, hav­ing re­viewed the tree sur­geon’s sur­vey, we un­der­stand that there is re­ally no other op­tion. We be­lieve it is in the best in­ter­ests of the park and its fu­ture and the new trees that will be planted will grace the park for many years.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the tree walk should meet at the Sin­clair Street en­trance of Her­mitage Park at 2pm on Satur­day Jan­uary 7.

The re­gen­er­a­tion of Her­mitage Park has se­cured fund­ing of £ 3.3 mil­lion. £2.3 mil­lion awarded by the Her­itage Lot­tery, Parks for Peo­ple fund. Other fun­ders in­clude the War Me­mo­rial Trust, Sus­trans, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and the Friends of Her­mitage Park.

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