The Truth about Trees

Please find a breakdown of the tree removal scheme for Marble Hill Park from English Heritage’s Head of Landscape Gardens.

September 22nd 2017

Kate Pitt, Audience Development Manager, English Heritage says, ‘The map will be available soon on Richmond Planning Portal – I’m just trying to get clarity of when this will be.’

Head of Landscape Gardens for English Heritage:

‘There are 1837 trees in Marble Hill Park. We are proposing to remove 347, of which 326 come from the woodland quarters. The 347 tree removals equate to 18.9% of the tree stock.

Improvements to the café facilities at the stable block will require the removal of 3 (three) trees, an additional group of 9 (nine ) trees to the right of the café , and 1 (one) low grade tree to the south of the café  will be removed to improve the growing conditions for the remaining trees within the group.  Next to the house 3 (three) trees are proposed for removal and amongst the Western avenue towards the Thames a further 4 (four) trees are proposed for removal.

There are 609 trees within the four woodland quarters south of the house of these 326 are proposed for removal.

The south-east quadrant (Group 7) will require the removal of 88 (eighty eight) trees, the retention of 73 (seventy three) trees and the coppicing of 44 (forty four) trees.

The north-east quadrant (Group 8) will require the removal of 74 (seventy four) trees, the retention of 21 (twenty one) trees and the coppicing of 7 (seven) trees. (One tree has been removed since the original survey).

The north-west quadrant (Group 9) will require the removal of 86 (eighty six) trees, the retention of 55 (fifty five) trees and the coppicing of 15 (fifteen) trees. (One tree has been removed since the original survey and one was a duplicate tree).

The south-west quadrant (Group 10) will require the removal of 83 (eight three) trees, the retention of 32 (thirty two) trees and the coppicing of 31 (thirty one) trees.’

Our campaign acknowledges that English Heritage has a proposed replanting scheme for the 347 trees it plans to remove plus the 97 that will be coppiced. However, we are concerned that once the woodlands are removed our park’s wildlife will suffer. English Heritage hasn’t adequately acknowledged the importance the wooded areas for The Park’s badgers, song-thrush, stag beetles, bats (all protected species) and other wildlife.

Much of The Park’s wildlife relies heavily on the tree canopy for foraging and habitat and it serves an important job on the ground too by creating ideal conditions for insects, an important part of The Park’s food chain. We have not seen English Heritage’s replanting scheme and worry that small specimens and ornamental gardens will not adequately replace what is already there. The woodlands or copses play an instrumental part of our park’s biodiversity and once gone they’ll impossible to replace.

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