Tree work beings in Paternoster Row next week

Lime trees on Paternoster Row

Posted on: 15 February 2019

Tree surgeons will be pruning the avenue of trees that line Barnstaple’s Paternoster Row next week.

North Devon Council will begin re-pollarding the lime trees along the Row on Monday 25 February. Tree surgeons will be onsite for about five days to carry out the work, with access maintained along the footpath throughout the course of the week.

Pollarding is an ancient pruning technique in which upper branches of the tree are removed to promote a dense head of foliage and branches. The process is repeated every five years to maintain the health and appearance of the trees.

Executive Member for Parks, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “Pollarding can appear quite drastic, the trees look a bit bald to begin with, but lush growth soon returns and the lime trees at Paternoster Row will be all the better for it. Paternoster Row is an historic part of the town, with cobbled streets linking the High Street to Butchers Row and Boutport Street, past St Peter’s Church and St Anne’s Chapel. The avenue of trees that line the row are an important element of the street’s character, so we are very keen to preserve them and keep them in the best health possible.”

If you have any questions about the tree work, contact North Devon Council’s Parks team on 01271 388326 or email parks@northdevon.gov.uk.

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