Tree collection to be spruced up in popular Aberdeen park

Hazlehead Park, Aberdeen's largest public green space, is to undergo an extensive programme of tree felling, thinning and replanting.

Image: IaIn Cameron
Image: IaIn Cameron

Some trees will be felled and others replanted in the 75-hectare park on the western outskirts of the city, including within the park's arboretum, with work due to start on 18 April.

"Many of the trees to be removed are either overgrown shrubs or self-seeded trees which were never part of the original design," Aberdeen City Council said.

"The problem with some of the mature trees is that many are of a similar age and subsequently will be dying at about the same time."

A tree survey report on the park found that some trees are heavily suppressed by their neighbours, while other groups of tress would benefit from selective thinning. A future planting programme will introduce a wider age range to the tree stock and develop a long-term strategy for tree maintenance.

Friends of Hazlehead chairman Donald Shaw said: "Tree and shrub maintenance has been on our prioritised agenda for some time and it's great to see the start of this campaign to help redevelop and future-proof this wonderful green space."

The group has raised and attracted in the region of £500,000 to reinvest in the park over the past three years, with some major projects coming to fruition in 2016 including refurbishment of the Queen Mother Rose Garden.

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