A huge furore resulted from the removal of trees in Lightwater’s village square. I’ve talked to Mike Duffy of Duffy’s Budgens, owners of the square, about why the trees have been removed and the plans for their replacement.
Here’s a piece of Lightwater history. The trees, including the holly trees, were at the end of the garden of the house next door to the bicycle shop, both of which were demolished prior to the building of the square as it now appears. They were retained and became part of Lightwater village centre’s street scene.
Much as I love trees, which I do, to me the trees were neither of pleasing shape, or variety. Check out The Street Tree, for some unusual trees. I like our native fastigiate Hornbeams. But Mike is looking for evergreen trees. I suggest the Strawberry Tree – Arbutus Unedo, a couple of which would be spectacular. They are relatively small, can be pruned, are slow growers with interesting bark, flowers and fruit.
Here’s my interview with Mike Duffy, and a before and after view of the trees in the village square [click to enlarge].
This kerfuffle about trees has prompted me to look for pleasing and interesting trees in our borough.