Tree works to take place at Whitehall Rec

MAJOR tree works will take place at Whitehall Recreation Ground in the next few weeks, with the removal and replacement of damaged and dying trees.

Following the sudden collapse of a horse chestnut in August, and another during a storm in the spring, survey work has shown that several horse chestnuts at the park are cankerous and unstable and need to be removed.

This includes all of the horse chestnuts in the recreation ground that face Hillmorton Road on either side of the memorial gates. They are in poor structural condition and are of particular concern given the intensity of public use. Mature chestnuts will be planted this winter to replace them and retain the character of the recreation ground in this area.

Two lime trees will also be removed to prevent further damage to the bandstand.

Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said:

The horse chestnuts have been a feature of the recreation ground since they were planted more than a century ago, but sadly they are now reaching the end of their life.

"Removing them will change the appearance of the top end of the recreation ground, but with careful maintenance the replacement trees should last another hundred years.

"With restoration work planned for the bandstand, removing the two adjacent lime trees will help prevent future damage and ensure the bandstand will be enjoyed for generations to come."

More information on the tree works and the restoration of the recreation ground can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/whitehallrec.

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