Anger at Potters Bar tree ‘chaos’

PUBLISHED: 17:58 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:58 17 March 2017

Martin Woodcock dislikes the tree replacement scheme in PottersBar.

Martin Woodcock dislikes the tree replacement scheme in PottersBar.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

The replacement plan for hundreds of Potters Bar trees is arising strong feelings in the town, with one long-time resident condemning it as “chaos.”

Hertfordshire County Council is replacing 277 roadside trees it describes as “dead, dying, or diseased”, and replacing them with young trees and saplings.

But retired employment advisor Martin Woodcock, 63,is unhappy that ornamental cherries in his street, Oakroyd Avenue, are being replaced with crab apple trees.

He said: “Prunus kanzan is the classic avenue tree. The council’s plan is a mish-mash. It is chaos. Nobody agreed to it.

”i have been here for 60 years. I doubt if the bloke who decided this has been here six months.”

His favoured scheme of ornamental cherries would ensure the trees are in flower together, and avoid crab apples dropping onto pavements and cars.

A County Hall spokesman responded: “We want visual display of colours throughout the year not just a spring window. We are taking this opportunity to not only replace, but improve the area visually.”

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