Tree planting scheme at town parks welcomed

Published Tuesday 29 January 2019

Trees are being planted at two popular parks in Market Harborough to replace those which have had to be felled for safety reasons.

Dog walk in Welland ParkHarborough District Council, working with its contractor FCC Environment, is planting more than 35 young trees along Welland Park’s dog walk (pictured) and river bank, as well as in Little Bowden Recreation Ground. 

There will also be a tree planted in Bates Close in Market Harborough.

In recent years, a number of trees have had to be cut down in the parks after being declared unsafe by an independent tree survey.

A mix of tree species will be planted including copper beech, cherry blossom, English walnut, crab apple and American sweetgum, among others.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Service, said: “It is always sad when trees become diseased and need to be cut down to protect the public so this tree planting scheme is to be very much welcomed. It will go some way to replacing those recently lost in these popular parks.”

The parks will remain open to the public for duration of the works.