New ornamental trees are to be planted in Winckley Square as part of ongoing restoration work in the Georgian oasis.Advertisement
Plans from the Winckley Square Community Interest Company were approved by the council to plant 42 new trees.
A number of hazardous and older trees will be removed under the proposals by Myerscough College who are working on the Square’s changes.
Trees and shrubs planted on the south side of the Square will include Japanese maples, six juneberries, two holm oaks, four magnolia, two ornamental crab apples and two cherry trees.
The trees being removed include three whitebeam cultivars and a self-seeded ash tree.
Forester and lecturer at the College Duncan Slater said: “Over the years, the Square has lost its smaller ornamental varieties of trees and shrubs, such as flowering cherries, crab-apples and ornamental pears.
“The Square could look much more attractive and inviting to visitors, especially in the spring and summer months. The Square has great potential as an amenity space. It is a rough diamond at the moment due to some deterioration of landscape features but polished up it will be a precious gem of a place.”
Mick Goode, a director of WSCIC, said: “Duncan’s experience is invaluable in this short-term project and our long-term tree proposals for the Square. As an enabling body, we are keen to bring together partners that help deliver positive outcomes as well as helping the production of our vision.”
Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for environment at Preston City Council, said: “The council is working with partners to improve Winckley Square and with the recent news of a successful stage one grant bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the buildings around the square; improvements to the gardens are extremely welcome.
“Winckley Square proved last year during the Guild that it was the perfect environment to host large community events and with continued improvements and support from partners it will continue to thrive.
“It is fantastic that students from Myerscough College are going to be heavily involved in the project giving them hands-on experience, working on one of the city’s real gems. It has the feel of a real community effort.”
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