A neighbour to Grantham’s Wyndham Park has reacted with horror at the idea that mature trees are being chopped down, questioning whether they are to make way for a planned new visitors centre.
Jean-Pierre Durand, 37, lives in nearby Redcross Street and was shocked when walking through the park to find several large trees being removed with more earmarked.
He said a contractor claimed the area was being cleared to make way for the visitors centre being built as part of £1 million plans for the park’s rejuvenation. This claim has been rejected by South Kesteven District Council.
Mr Durand told the Journal: “I am concerned that we will lose giant trees [replaced by newly planted ones] that we will never see grow to that size in our lifetime.
“I am also concerned that the people of Grantham are unaware of the fact that they will be coming down to leave a barren landscape.
“This is after all a park; trees should come before buildings.”
SKDC claims the trees are nothing to do with the work at the park – which also includes the refurbishment of the old ticket office and changing rooms and the relining of the boating lake which most recently has been used by the model boat club.
Instead, it says the trees were in a poor state and had to be removed.
A spokesman said: “The trees have been removed in this part of the park in line with the recommendations of the council’s district-wide tree survey.
“Multiple areas of the trees were found to be in a poor declining state and therefore action was taken in line with the council’s duty of care for the safety of park users.
“We can confirm the trees in question were not removed as part of any plans around the new visitor centre.
“We are replanting trees as we role out works around the wider Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund project across the park.”
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