Dozens more trees to be felled in Preston’s Moor Park

Green space: An application has been lodged to fell and remove trees in Moor Park
Green space: An application has been lodged to fell and remove trees in Moor Park
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Dozens more trees in Preston’s historic Moor Park could be felled to make way for improvements in the city’s biggest green space.

An application has been lodged to fell and remove 30 trees and carry out work to a number of others, in the Grade II* listed park.

Bosses at Preston Council, who have submitted the application, say the works would be part of an improvement project to reinstate the park to its original Victorian design, and would include replacement planting of 60 new trees and 10,000 new shrubs and plants.

A report to Preston Council’s planning committee said most of the proposed works were to “low quality, selfseeded” trees.

It said two “highly visible” trees were to be removed, including a plane tree which had damaged the drain culvert, meaning surface water couldn’t drain away and leading to flooding.

It said: “The loss of the tree is required as all other options to repair this drain have been considered and the full removal of the tree is the only option.”

A horse chestnut tree is also set to be removed after going into decline because of water logging, which has had a “significant impact on the health of the tree and the tree roots”.

The report recommended that no objection was raised to the work and said: “The works proposed within this application would improve the public amenity of the park, improve the safety aspect of the tree stock within the park and would form an integral part of the restoration project which would return the park to its original concept as a major heritage asset to Preston.”