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Poplar trees felled by school for safety reasons

The poplar trees being felled at the King's School playing fields. (3358876)
The poplar trees being felled at the King's School playing fields. (3358876)

A long row of poplar trees has been felled at the King's School playing fields in Grantham for safety reasons.

A number of people have contacted the Journal to voice their concerns over the felling of the mature trees, believed to be up to 50 of them. The King's School says that the safety of its students must come first.

A nearby resident of Manners Street, Barrie Cox, whose home looks over the fields, took pictures of the trees being felled at the end of last week. He said: "We have been there for 28 years or more and when we first came here the trees were partially chopped down and we could see right over to Gonerby. Some old boys of the school gave money to the school to have them planted. I think we are talking several decades ago. It seems a shame they are cutting them down now."

The Head Master of the King's School, Frank Hedley, has confirmed with the Journal that the trees were felled for health and safety reasons.

Mr Hedley said: "I confirm that a row of poplar trees have been felled along the northern perimeter of the school playing field.

"As you know, The King's School governors take their stewardship of the school estate very seriously and the safeguarding of students and staff must be their priority. The decision to fell the trees was not taken lightly, nor in haste.

"You will no doubt recall a recent article in the Grantham Journal (the precise date eludes me) when one, and possibly two, school poplar trees on the boundary with the hospital, blew over causing considerable damage to the fence and a car. Mercifully no one was injured but it was a timely warning to us.

"The decision to fell the trees was taken only after a thorough survey had been taken. Evidence from the survey, combined with concerns about student safety at both King's and Priory Ruskin schools, in addition to concerns expressed by others, contributed to the decision making process.

"The school has also used information from The Woodland Trust in its decision making. Every tree that has been felled will be replaced by a sustainably managed tree which will pose no danger to students, staff or the wider community."

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