Following a recent advanced tree assessment, we will be removing a large Holm Oak, Quercus ilex, located on the corner of Grand and Dickens Drive on Monday 9 April 2018.
The tree has been assessed with a longitudinal crack, extensive basal decay and several cavities which has made it structurally unsound and must be removed for public safety reasons.
A comprehensive tree succession plan is currently underway to replace tree removal gaps around the entire Grand Drive circuit using a historical planting sequence of trees with the same species.
Due to the size, location and proximity of the tree to visitors and residents, the work must be carried out during the day and using a large crane.
Works will take place from 7.00 am to 5.00 pm (weather permitting) and involve grinding of the stump and the spoil removal woodchipped onsite. There will be some noise associated with the works.
Access will be maintained on Grand Drive for vehicles and cyclists traffic. However, the works will require a temporary closure of the Horse Track for equestrian users from the Robertson Road horse chicane to the north of Parkes Drive.
Horse movements will move in an anti-clockwise direction from the horse chicane only. Traffic control will be in place to ensure smooth and safe passage around the works for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Cars will be directed using a long merge into the cycle lane. Dickens Drive (North) will be closed for duration of these works.
We work to keep our 15,000 trees healthy and beautiful by maintaining our trees, planting new trees and only removing trees when required or necessary.
We receive many questions about trees that are felled or removed despite ‘appearing healthy’ on the outside. But what many people do not know is that trees, like humans, are susceptible to a large and diverse range of health issues and structural defects. Eventually a tree may need to be removed once other tree management strategies become insufficient for public safety or sustaining the health of a tree.
To find out more about how we manage our trees please read our Tree Master Plan here and read our blog on the life cyle of a tree here.