Tree work begins at Larkstone Cove next week

Posted on: 21 March 2019

Tree surgeons will be working on the site of the future watersports centre at Larkstone Cove in Ilfracombe next week.

On Tuesday 26 March, five self-seeded sycamores and elder will be taken out and some light pruning undertaken, as part of the proposed landscaping plan for the site. The trees will be replaced with native trees and shrubs when the new centre is built.

Ilfracombe Watersports Centre will be a state-of-the-art marine leisure hub at Larkstone Cove, boasting community facilities for local watersports clubs with storage for boats, a slipway providing safe and easy access to the water along with a commercial café with stunning views of the harbour. The project is being funded by the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund.

Project Officer Chris Farris will be onsite during the day on Tuesday (26 March) to answer any questions about the tree work or the proposed new centre. Chris says: “We wanted to let local residents know that tree surgeons will be onsite next week and to reassure everyone that disruption to Larkstone Cove will be kept to a minimum whilst the work is carried out. Although it may seem a little premature to start on the landscaping, we had a small window of opportunity to make a start before the trees fully came into leaf. The trees we’re taking out are mostly self-seeded small to medium sycamores and we will be more than compensating for them in our planting plan when we re-landscape the site.”

The council is currently re-tendering for construction of the centre and hopes to have selected a construction company by the end of April 2019.

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