Public decide the future of poplars at Welwyn Garden City park

THE future landscaping options for a WGC beauty spot are one step closer to being given the go-ahead. More than 200 residents submitted their views during a public consultation on the replanting preferences for the car parks at Stanborough Park. At a Wel

THE future landscaping options for a WGC beauty spot are one step closer to being given the go-ahead.

More than 200 residents submitted their views during a public consultation on the replanting preferences for the car parks at Stanborough Park.

At a Welwyn Hatfield Council meeting last night (Tuesday) the Task and Finish Working Group met for the final time to decide on the future of the site.

For the south car park, in which 195 Lombardy poplar trees were felled in November amid health and safety fears, the replanting option decided, by the public, is...


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* To fill the space with a mixed scheme with a selection of native wide crowned trees (eg oak, hornbeam and birch), interspersed with Lombardy poplars.

A total of 83 per cent of the public voted for the same management and replanting options for the north car parks remaining 428 Lombardy poplar.

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* Phase fell in three blocks (one block every five years starting in 2010), and to replant the same trees as the south car park so the two areas reflect one cohesive area.

Councillor Helen Bromley, chair of the Task and Finish Group said: "The public's views and their safety were central to our decision."

The final recommendations decided at last night's meeting will be put forward to the environment overview and scrutiny committee on September 10.

The meeting will be held at Campus West, WGC at 7.30pm.

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