AS many may be
aware, throughout Nantwich there was a large number of
quick-growing poplar trees planted in the 1970s. These grow at
an astonishing rate and are often used to screen things like
electric substations, etc.
The problem with these hybrids in public places such as Nantwich
Riverside is that as a result of their rapid growth, limbs
become very weak and have a habit of falling off, particularly
during summer months, not the best species to have around . . .
They are also not half as good as our native tree species in
providing habitat for bugs and mini-beasts and the birds that
feed off them.
So, we are starting a very slow process of removing these
inappropriate trees and replacing them with native species (oak,
ash and alder in particular). In replacing them we are
trying to put back some fairly large specimens as landscape
features coupled with some smaller ones.
The start of
this process is happening as I write.
Airmanís Grave, we have recently felled two of the most
problematic trees to be replaced with an oak and an ash. The oak
was kindly donated by the Nantwich Methodist Church Open House
We will be able to watch which of the two comes into leaf first
and predict the weather for the year. As the old saying goes:
"Oak before ash, we're in for a splash. Ash before oak, we're in
for a soak."
FOOTNOTE: Susan Church, who
kindly sent me the picture, right, spotted a notice about the
necessity of the work, commenting that "obviously a council official
was expecting a flood of irate phone calls!"
Thanks, Sue, but I can
assure you that James Thompson always erects a notice about any work
carried out in the Riverside and it isn't to fend off telephone