23 January 2018
At the same time, work at the end of Stonebow House appears to have put the tree in danger with exposed roots and construction debris around it (see photo above taken 17th January).
‘There is very limited green infrastructure in this part of the city and this tree greatly enhances the amenity of local residents and visitors alike. Its retention was a condition of the planning permission for Stonebow House and this should be honoured – if the design of the paved area needs to change a bit to protect the tree then so be it. We shouldn’t be felling a perfectly healthy tree, assessed as having 20-40 years of future amenity value, just because of some paving. Even if a semi-mature replacement is put in this would not have the same amenity value.’
A second tree that fronts onto Stonebow is also under threat. An application to fell the mature horse chestnut in St Cuthbert’s Churchyard at Peasholme Green was lodged several months ago on the grounds that it is ‘over-mature’ - See that report here.
Whilst it appears the tree might be affecting the wall of the churchyard and may have some minor disease, it is unclear what remedial action has been considered to retain the tree.
Cllr Craghill adds,
‘This is a magnificent tree. We cannot afford to lose mature trees such as this from the city centre, if it is at all possible to retain it.’ Whilst the statutory decision period has passed it isn’t at all clear if a decision has been made.