Many of you would have seen work start on the trees at the front of QE Gardens. below is a copy of a report on a inspection that was carried out and their findings.
There is one tree that needs to be removed promptly because of advanced decay/ fungal brackets, this tree is marked in red on the attached plan.
There are three trees showing signs of stress/ initial decay, these are marked with yellow crosses on the plan. These are in decline, but rather than fell immediately, would suggest monitoring closely to assess health over the coming season (particularly flowering and shoot extension).
The photo is a couple of years old and shows a tree that has since been removed and we have just chipped the stump. This tree is marked with a green cross.
There are 3 trees likely to succumb and become unsafe over the next couple of years, the loss of which would have a serious effect on the landscape. I’d suggest it would be prudent to plan ahead and plant replacements sooner rather than later.
There is little room to safely replant within the play enclosure, so what is proposed is to replant on the adjacent green. The trees would be 2x Prunus ‘Accolade’ (flowering cherry) towards the front and 2 x Liquidamber stryaciflua (red gum) towards the back. Both are relatively compact trees, with good seasonal interest.