Oaks instead of poplars

PUBLISHED: 17:38 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Sir - When the poplar trees were cut down on Comet Way, the A1001, in October 2007 there were objections from local residents. I wrote supporting the felling of the ugly 80-year-old trees and hoped that they would soon be replaced. At the time I

Sir - When the poplar trees were cut down on Comet Way, the A1001, in October 2007 there were objections from local residents.

I wrote supporting the felling of the ugly 80-year-old trees and hoped that they would soon be replaced. At the time I suggested suitable species would be red oaks or red-twigged lime.

A similar oak species has been selected, the pin oak, Quercus palustris, a native of eastern North America - an excellent choice with superb autumn colour. The trees have been provided with a stout support, wire guards and facilities for root ball watering which I hope will be carried out as this species prefers a lime free moist situation.

Fred Olver, St Albans Road West, Hatfield.

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