Knoll Walk in Camberley is set for a makeover this coming week, as announced Surrey Heath Borough Council. See HERE. In the makeover they say,
From Monday 18 March 2019 Knoll Walk, the walkway into town opposite Camberley Theatre, will be closed as it is cleared and prepared for the works. This will include the removal of the existing trees which have grown too big for the space, these will be chipped onsite and taken to Lightwater Country Park for use on the paths. New more suitable species of trees will be planted as part of the new scheme. This section of works will take approximately four weeks.
Knoll Walk is not one of the unloved parts of Camberley. It’s flower beds have been well maintained. The reasoning for the makeover is not strong in my opinion, which they say is that it,
…. will have better pavement and road surfaces and pedestrian prioritisation, making it much easier for you to shop and enjoy this part of Camberley town centre.
Odd, given that it’s already solely for pedestrians, has existing bench seating, and perfectly adequate pavement surface. I wonder whether one of the reasons for the opening up of the vista from the High Street to Knoll Road, is to highlight Camberley Theatre. Nothing wrong with that aim, but why not say so. Maybe I’m too much of a cynic.
The artist’s impression of the makeover indicates that there will be a large tree at the end of the Walk near Knoll Road. I wonder the Council could afford such a mature tree. It’ll be interesting to see what native trees are planted. I imagine they won’t be spiky like a Holly or Hawthorn, It’s my bet that they’ll plant fastigiate hornbeam. Good but unexciting. I’d like to see planted are Crab apple varieties.
My final point is that the two large evergreen trees near the High Street should be pruned and retained. It’s most unlikely that the new trees – from the artist’s impression – will be either evergreen or that large. These trees maybe non-native trees, but there’s nothing wrong in that – See Natives v Aliens. Should you want to read more on the topic of treescapes, then HERE is good.