Unsafe trees near park to be removed

Published Friday 19 January 2018

A number of decaying trees, which pose a serious safety risk, are being removed.

The diseased horse chestnut trees, along an access road leading to Symington’s Recreation Ground in Market Harborough, will be removed after they were declared unsafe by an independent tree survey.

Harborough District Council will carry out the works to 14 trees during the week beginning 29 January 2018 when the area will be closed for up to four days.

A re-planting scheme is being finalised and will be undertaken at an appropriate time of year to give the new trees the best possible chance to establish.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services said: “Despite efforts to save these trees over the past few years, by cutting back dead sections, the severe decay to branches and at the trees’ base sadly means they will have to be removed. It is always unfortunate when trees become diseased and need to be felled; however removal will ensure the area remains safe for the public.”

The removed trees will be recycled as mulch and used by youth centre The Cube for its pizza oven.