The Council is carrying out some preliminary work which will include stripping off ivy from two or three trees to investigate the cavities that we have identified but which the ivy is covering over. The Council’s Tree Officer is concerned that the ivy is also disguising areas of disease in the trees. We will therefore remove the ivy on the grounds of the health and safety of local people.
The Council has to assess the risk to users of the gardens and Arnold Circus. Given the intensive use of the area under these trees, we have concluded that we need to remove the ivy in order to mitigate the risk of trees being blown over in high winds.
The Council will also be pruning 5 plane trees and a number of the shrubs and small trees of no more than a quarter of the site (those nearest to Calvert Avenue) to show how the Gardens could look in the future.
We expect the tree and shrub pruning work will take place between Friday 21st to Tuesday 25th August ready for the Open Evening.
Contact: Ros Brewer, 020 7364 3278