You may have read our previous updates about the significant and worsening impact of ash dieback disease on the many ash trees in our Gardens of Remembrance.
This disease weakens the structure of the timber, which can result in branches breaking off unexpectedly in windy weather. In order to protect our visitors and gardens, sadly we now need to remove these affected trees, working with the Forestry Commission.
We have marked trees for removal with an orange cross. Respecting the sensitive nature of our gardens and so as not to impact on services taking place, we plan to begin felling approximately 240 diseased trees and chipping the brushwood on Saturday 21 August and continue most weekends through to the end of October.
For your safety there will be no access to the areas where the work is taking place.
This essential work will have the benefit of allowing other significant trees alongside to flourish and prosper in the greater space available.
We are planning to plant new native trees during spring 2022, near to where trees have been removed. The Forestry Commission has identified that we must re-plant with hornbeam, rowan, lime (small leafed), wild cherry, field maple, Norway maple and yew.
Crematoria Services Manager