Work to begin on trees at The Groves in Chester

13 March 2019
Specialist contractors will begin work on trees at the Groves in Chester from 18 March 2019.

The work is needed for maintenance and safety reasons following routine inspections by the Cheshire West and Chester Council's tree officers.

Two trees are in a poor structural condition and if left untreated could pose a risk to the public and surrounding properties. Further maintenance will also be carried out on lime trees and a number of holly bushes, which will be reshaped as they are blocking the footpath.

A large prominent Horse Chestnut tree within the grounds of the historic listed Anchorite Cell, alongside to the footpath from St John's, has decayed in both the main trunk and the majority of its branches.

The levels of decay within the tree have been monitored over the last 12 months and unfortunately the tree cannot be saved. The main trunk of this tree will be reduced to approximately 6m in height retaining the main cavity and left in situ as a standing deadwood habitat to slowly decompose, this will benefit biodiversity in the area.

A lime tree close to the Queen's Park suspension bridge was also found to have a fungal infection and must be removed for safety reasons.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore, said: "To allow the work to be carried out safely the footpath from St John's next to the Anchorite Cell will be closed and a diversion will be signposted.

"The public toilets at the Groves will also be shut while the work takes place but they will be re-opened at the earliest opportunity. I'd like to thank residents and visitors for their patience and support while these closures are in place."

The work will begin on Monday 18 March and should be completed by Friday 22 March.

Horse Chestnut tree at the Groves, Chester.
Horse Chestnut tree at the Groves, Chester.

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