High Street trees make way for Sunset Boulevard-style planting

High Street trees felled by council workers

High Street trees felled by council workers

First published in News

THIS is the dramatic sight that met shoppers on a miserable Sunday morning but Worcester's High Street will soon have a Sunset Boulevard feel.

Workers from Worcester City Council felled a number of ash trees in the city centre while the rain came down as part of the final enhancement scheme to the main thoroughfare carried out with Worcestershire County Council.

However, the barren view won't remain for long as new ornamental cherry trees are set to be planted in their place tomorrow (Monday) and the chosen Prunus 'Sunset Boulevard' variety is renowned for its attractive spring flowers and stunning autumn leaf colour.

Geoff Poole, tree protection officer at Worcester City Council, said: “The Cherry trees we’ll be planting on Worcester’s High Street are very well suited for a city environment and should look stunning throughout the year.

“It is always sad when any trees need to be felled, but in this case the ash trees we are replacing have totally outgrown their location and were therefore starting to develop defects.”

As well as providing some welcome colour in the heart of the Faithful City, the new trees will require very little maintenance and will be an ideal size for their High Street setting even when fully mature.

The axed ash were said to be out-growing their location and beginning to develop structural defects because of their limited growing space and the work to replace them is expected to take less than a week, with minimal disruption to the public.

Last year, the city council and county council joined forces to make a series of major improvements to the High Street in a bid to give a boost to local businesses in the area which include cafes, restaurants and shops.

Improved lighting was installed, a number of trees were felled to improve the sight-line to the cathedral and the area between Pump Street and the Elgar Statue has been re-paved to give a more uniform, appealing look.

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1:54pm Sun 26 Jan 14

CharlieAlpha says...

Cut all of the trees down!!!!, nice clean look to the High St with low cost maintenance,, no tree pruning, no leaf collecting,, saving money straight away
Cut all of the trees down!!!!, nice clean look to the High St with low cost maintenance,, no tree pruning, no leaf collecting,, saving money straight away CharlieAlpha
  • Score: -6

2:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

CJH says...

Why were they planted in the first place if they are unsuitable. Did no-one think they weren't going to grow any more?
Why were they planted in the first place if they are unsuitable. Did no-one think they weren't going to grow any more? CJH
  • Score: 20

2:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

CJH says...

And by the way...we don't want or need a 'Sunset Boulevard' feel to the High Street. We want a WORCESTER feel to it. Planting a tree called Sunset Boulevard, however lovely and suitable it may be, does not make us either Los Angeles or a musical about an ageing movie star. How many more times are we going to be told we need to be like Paris or Cheltenham or any-flipping-where-e
lse?
And by the way...we don't want or need a 'Sunset Boulevard' feel to the High Street. We want a WORCESTER feel to it. Planting a tree called Sunset Boulevard, however lovely and suitable it may be, does not make us either Los Angeles or a musical about an ageing movie star. How many more times are we going to be told we need to be like Paris or Cheltenham or any-flipping-where-e lse? CJH
  • Score: 7

2:57pm Sun 26 Jan 14

dulon says...

Does anyone proof read these articles ? Why does the correspondent repeat the quotation ?
This action is a result of the planners lack of vision and imagination ! Or has it only just occurred to them that trees actually grow ? For every action there is a resultant response if you plant trees there is a resultant residue and maintenance work . We now have the spectacle of contractors employed for the week to remedy the result of the last charade and install the latest mistake in the making . How much does this window dressing cost ?
Does anyone proof read these articles ? Why does the correspondent repeat the quotation ? This action is a result of the planners lack of vision and imagination ! Or has it only just occurred to them that trees actually grow ? For every action there is a resultant response if you plant trees there is a resultant residue and maintenance work . We now have the spectacle of contractors employed for the week to remedy the result of the last charade and install the latest mistake in the making . How much does this window dressing cost ? dulon
  • Score: 12

6:48am Mon 27 Jan 14

woodlandjd says...

Worcester council does it again - have they not thought about how greasy and slippery the pavements will become when the flowers fall??? Can't wait to see how many 'compo' claims there will be :-)
Worcester council does it again - have they not thought about how greasy and slippery the pavements will become when the flowers fall??? Can't wait to see how many 'compo' claims there will be :-) woodlandjd
  • Score: 10

8:22am Mon 27 Jan 14

green49 says...

Havent the City council learened anything at all about the high street??? Trees grow so look for some variety that is slow growing and suitable for the enviroment its going to be in, get advice from abroad i have seen lots of places and they do not have a problem at all, its like the road/.path surface how many times will that be redone due to the fact no proper research is done to get a surface laid?

Cherry trees will drop petals and become slippery on the surface thats there, just asking for trouble.
Havent the City council learened anything at all about the high street??? Trees grow so look for some variety that is slow growing and suitable for the enviroment its going to be in, get advice from abroad i have seen lots of places and they do not have a problem at all, its like the road/.path surface how many times will that be redone due to the fact no proper research is done to get a surface laid? Cherry trees will drop petals and become slippery on the surface thats there, just asking for trouble. green49
  • Score: 6

10:32am Mon 27 Jan 14

mrwrighty says...

CJH wrote:
And by the way...we don't want or need a 'Sunset Boulevard' feel to the High Street. We want a WORCESTER feel to it. Planting a tree called Sunset Boulevard, however lovely and suitable it may be, does not make us either Los Angeles or a musical about an ageing movie star. How many more times are we going to be told we need to be like Paris or Cheltenham or any-flipping-where-e

lse?
I Hope we don't have a Cheltenham, have you seen the state of the place lately. As a kid we used to look forward to a trip to Cheltenham as it was classy compared to Worcester, but I have to say that the Worcester City centre is second to none in the local area. Cheltenham has all but fallen into dis-repair with dirty streets uneven pavements (OK Worcester has a few). Even the Malls are looking tired.
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: And by the way...we don't want or need a 'Sunset Boulevard' feel to the High Street. We want a WORCESTER feel to it. Planting a tree called Sunset Boulevard, however lovely and suitable it may be, does not make us either Los Angeles or a musical about an ageing movie star. How many more times are we going to be told we need to be like Paris or Cheltenham or any-flipping-where-e lse?[/p][/quote]I Hope we don't have a Cheltenham, have you seen the state of the place lately. As a kid we used to look forward to a trip to Cheltenham as it was classy compared to Worcester, but I have to say that the Worcester City centre is second to none in the local area. Cheltenham has all but fallen into dis-repair with dirty streets uneven pavements (OK Worcester has a few). Even the Malls are looking tired. mrwrighty
  • Score: 5

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