Northumberland Council agrees to Forestry Commission's demand to plant replacement trees

Northumberland County Council said it will abide by a Forestry Commission-mandated tree-planting programme after it was criticised for felling mature trees around its Morpeth headquarters last month.

Cllr Swithenbank (with spade) and colleagues - image: Northumberland County Council
Cllr Swithenbank (with spade) and colleagues - image: Northumberland County Council

The council will plant over 330 new trees over the next nine months in the town's Deuchar Farquar Park and in Stobhill, including exotic species in the park's arboretum.

Cabinet member for local services Councillor Ian Swithenbank said the move "addresses the Forestry Commission’s requirement for replanting in response to the recent felling of 90 trees at the County Hall site to make way for the new Morpeth First School".

He added: "Although we remain of the view this tree felling was covered by rules that exempt open space from the need for a felling licence, we accept that the Forestry Commission do not share this interpretation and are not contesting their replanting requirements."

Earlier this month, council planners said it was "minded to approve" the £5.7m plan for the school, which requires removal of the trees, planted in honour of the late Queen Mother.

The tree felling last month, before permission for the scheme had been granted, was met with local protests before being halted by Forestry Commission officials.

A Forestry Commission representative told HW: "We are currently working with Northumberland County Council on the detail of a restocking notice requiring the planting of suitable trees in appropriate areas."


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