New Trees Lined up for Lord Mayor's Walk

Published: 9/04/2019

Later this week the treeline of Lord Mayor’s Walk is set to be transformed. The existing mature lime trees that are sadly in decay, have become dangerous with a shortened lifespan.

Existing mature lime trees are sadly in decay.

As part of the York St John University 10-year tree plan, healthy new trees will be introduced this winter, that are expected to provide a fitting backdrop for the next 300 years.
The existing trees were over-pruned in the 1970’s resulting in decay, leading to several young trees being planted in 2009. Unfortunately, the competition with the existing trees has prevented healthy growth, and under the guidance of a professional arboriculture consultant, the University has been forced to take the decision to fell and replace the trees with healthy specimens.

Rob Scott, Gardens and Sports Ground Manager at York St John University, said: “We love to plant trees at York St John and have planted hundreds on our sites throughout the city. It has been a long and difficult decision to remove the mature Lime trees, but we are confident that by removing the old trees and planting healthy new ones, we will preserve the tree-lined avenue of Lord Mayor’s walk for future generations”.

In 2017 a large limb fell from the growth that had resulted from the previous prune. Expert advice led to the decision to speed the process up by felling the trees that are in competition, remove the failing trees that were planted in 2009 and planting a line of semi mature healthy trees. Work to remove the damaged trees will hopefully begin on the 17th April 2019 with the new trees being planted during the winter of 2019.

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