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Trees, Christmas and Cherry - update

Sunday 18th October 2020

Trees, Christmas and Cherry - update

Christmas tree

As we reported in July we have been pressing the Council to replace the dying Christmas tree for more than two years. Finally something is happening!

At the end of September the tree was cut down to a foot or two above ground level. Local artist David Rees captured the bandaged stump in his dramatic photo (above).

Following a further meeting between the HWA and the council, the tree has now been removed and the root ball and soil excavated from the planting pit (photo below). The council’s arboricultural officer will be visiting tomorrow, Monday 19th October, “to assess conditions and suitability for re-planting”.

Hole

Let’s hope there’s enough time for him to make his report and get a tree ordered and installed in time for Christmas! The HWA has ordered the lights for the tree in the hope and expectation that it will once again be the festive centrepiece for the village – click here.

Cherry trees

We have also been informed by the council’s arboricultural officer that “The cherry trees aligning the shops/St. John’s Place 37-43 have all been assessed and unfortunately one specimen is in poor structural condition and can no longer be safely retained, we will be scheduling removal works to take place by the end of November and I will be considering the best replacement options. The adjacent cherry tree is in good condition and is to be pruned to ensure a reasonable clearance from the adjacent buildings.”

We have replied via our local councillors to remind the arboricultural officer that the cherry tree outside the Foresters in particular is also overgrown and when in leaf it obscures the iconic Dutch gable frontage of the pub that is such an important defining feature of Hampton Wick. We hope they will pick up this maintenance job along with the others identified.