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Tree pruning on Cheltenham Promenade

Published
07.01.2021

To protect several historical buildings, three London plane trees on Cheltenham Promenade will be pruned from 11 January.

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UPDATE: Road closure will now be in place from 12 - 13 January with a lane closure in place on 14 January between 9:30am and 3:30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this change may have caused.

 

The three London plane trees, thought to have been planted around 1850, have been causing damage to several nearby Grade II* listed buildings.

To protect and prevent any further damage, pruning will take place from Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 January between the hours of 9:30am – 3:30pm.

A road closure will be in place during 11 – 12 January, with a lane closure on 13 January. A footway closure will be in place between No 99 and 107 Promenade, Cheltenham for all three days.

Originally it had been feared the trees may have needed to be felled. However after extensive investigation work and seeking advice from a recognised tree specialist; it has been agreed pruning the trees will be the best solution. The pruning will also allow more light to reach younger trees planted nearby.

To allow the work to go ahead, the parking lane along the west side of the Promenade will be closed. Temporary traffic lights may also be used at certain times to ensure the safety of the travelling public and the workforce. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “These veteran giants of Cheltenham are among the largest trees on Gloucestershire’s highways, as well as being some of the oldest in the town. The pruning work will help let more light through to younger trees and at the same time protect historic buildings nearby. I’m so pleased we’ve been able to find a suitable alternative to felling, therefore allowing these much loved trees to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Social distancing measures will be in place to help ensure our crews are safe at all times.

What’s the diversion route?

The diversion is via the A40 Lansdown Road, B4633 Gloucester Road and St George’s Road.

As part of the county council’s response to the climate change emergency, a wide scale tree planting programme is being developed. Working with members of the Local Nature Partnership, the Million Trees Challenge is our aspiration for 35 million trees to be planted in the county by 2030.

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