Poorly Tolworth greenway trees to be replaced in September

Surrey Comet: Brown: The trees do not look very healthy Brown: The trees do not look very healthy

Dead and dying trees on Tolworth greenway will not be replaced until September.

The cypress trees, described as "hardy" on gardening websites, have become brown and threadbare since the greenway opened last November.

Geoff Poyzer, from contractor North Midland Construction, said: "Our landscape contractor will replace any dead trees during the planting season in September."

A Kingston Council spokesman said: “Six Italian cypress trees have now been found to be dead or dying and will be replaced at the contractor’s expense.

"Six other trees are showing signs of stress. Should these trees die, they too will be replaced at no expense to the council.

"We are looking into the reasons behind these trees not successfully establishing themselves.

"Approximately 60 new trees were planted as part of the Tolworth Greenway scheme.

"According to government guidelines it is not uncommon for up to 23 per cent of newly planted street trees to die. 

"The contractor visits the site regularly to maintain all of the new trees and shrubs planted and will do so up to November 2016."

What sort of tree would you like to see on the greenway? Write to letters@surreycomet.co.uk.

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12:47pm Wed 2 Jul 14

peterf17 says...

Let's hope they plant the trees in a way that gives them a chance to survive and then maintain them properly. I also hope that the contractor won't be charging for this work to be done.
Let's hope they plant the trees in a way that gives them a chance to survive and then maintain them properly. I also hope that the contractor won't be charging for this work to be done. peterf17
  • Score: 8

1:15pm Wed 2 Jul 14

SteveC1964 says...

I like the cypress trees. Obviously they need to be cared for, but they are the right size and shape for the space, they don't shed leaves or needles all over the place (so far as I know).
I like the cypress trees. Obviously they need to be cared for, but they are the right size and shape for the space, they don't shed leaves or needles all over the place (so far as I know). SteveC1964
  • Score: 4

11:52am Thu 3 Jul 14

Angela M says...

When we first drove past the roundabout after this scheme was implemented, we thought they'd installed some sort of bizarre adventure playground...

It looks quite nice and is an improvement on the bland concrete, but I did wonder if the high wooden fencing provides extra cover for muggers!

Shame about the poor trees. :( There seems to have been a lot of unsuccessful public planting this year - they're dropping like flies in Epsom too.
When we first drove past the roundabout after this scheme was implemented, we thought they'd installed some sort of bizarre adventure playground... It looks quite nice and is an improvement on the bland concrete, but I did wonder if the high wooden fencing provides extra cover for muggers! Shame about the poor trees. :( There seems to have been a lot of unsuccessful public planting this year - they're dropping like flies in Epsom too. Angela M
  • Score: 5

9:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

pinky107 says...

don't bother , you can't polish a turd .
don't bother , you can't polish a turd . pinky107
  • Score: 1

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