Elvaston's 'beautiful' trees felled because of 'severe risk' to public
LARGE trees are being felled at Elvaston Castle Country Park after tests revealed they were posing a "severe risk" to the public.
Nine trees have already gone, with another three likely to go soon. Each was identified as being at risk of collapse.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council, which owns the park, said: "Some were hollow, diseased, dying or dead. So far, we have felled four larch, two younger silver birch, one fully mature silver birch, one ash and one hemlock.
"We are likely to have to fell two or three more trees which are currently being assessed. They are all on East Avenue and posed a severe risk to the public. We are doing our best to replant as close to the felled trees as possible."
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The spokeswoman said the council had also cleared an area of thick rhododendron to get to the trees.
Dog-walker Keith Buckell, 67, who uses the park on a daily basis, was upset to see the trees go.
He said: "Some really large ones have gone. They were beautiful. It's a shame to see them go but, if there's a danger of them falling then, of course, they must be removed in order to protect people."
Fellow park user Sally Scotland, 37, said: "As long as they're replacing the trees, I'm not too bothered. There's still plenty of trees here."
The council carries out tree inspections across the park to check their health and assess whether any pose a risk to the public. Each tree is checked for disease, rot, fungal infections, die-back or for dropped branches.
In 2010, the county council faced fury from nearby residents over the cutting down of about 100 trees. People in Thulston said the trees gave them security and shielded them from the A6 and A50. Meanwhile, the Friends of Elvaston Castle said they believed the trees, at the south of the grounds, were being felled to make way for a slip road leading from the B5010 – a claim denied by the county council, which is looking to sell the site.
In December, the council said there could be more than five bids for Elvaston Castle and its grounds when the site's ownership was put up for tender again.
Among the candidates is the Friends of Elvaston Castle group, which has joined forces with Social Enterprise East Midlands to establish an organisation to run the estate.