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Trees to be felled in Moor Park as work continues to restore ‘Victorian design’

Posted on - 29th March, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Moor Park, News, Parks, Preston Council
A view across Moor Park Pic: Tony Worrall

A view across Moor Park Pic: Tony Worrall

More than 30 trees in Moor Park are due to be cut down as part of the restoration of the grade-II listed park.

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The largest park in Preston is seeing major work undertaken as part of a heritage lottery project, with more than £2m being spent.

Preston City Council has applied to remove 36 trees across the park including 11 sycamores, eight ash, two horse chestnuts and three elm trees.

Environmental officers say removing the trees would ‘reinstate the park to a similar appearance to the original Victorian design and layout’.

The removal of one tree on the Blackpool Road side is also linked to resolving a drainage issue.

Part of the park has been rendered impassable during the recent bad weather, with a new water feature springing up.

The new 'lake' in Moor Park

The new ‘lake’ in Moor Park

Council officers say the drain has been crushed and the London Plane tree needs to be removed to allow draining of the area.

As part of the Moor Park work there are 60 new native trees being planted and 10,000 new shrubs and plants planned.

None of the trees are covered by a tree preservation order.

Related: New cafe planned for Moor Park bowls pavilion

The city council’s planning committee is to hear about the plans for trees in the park at its next meeting on Thursday 7 April from 1.30pm.

Do you visit Moor Park? What do you think about the plans for it? Let us know in the comments below

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