Contractors sought for extensive tree work prior to historic park restoration

Scarborough Borough Council is seeking contractors for tree work worth £130,000 in the North Yorkshire resort's flagship green space.

The work forms part of the £7m restoration of South Cliff Gardens, part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

It includes:

  • reinstating historic views within and across the park;
  • removing diseased, decaying and potentially dangerous trees;
  • further tree works to allow for construction of paths and for improved access;
  • thinning out the dominant self-seeded sycamores and weaker specimens to give more space for the retained higher quality trees and proposed specimen trees;
  • creating space to plant new trees to ensure the woodland is of mixed age and species;
  • encouraging the establishment of ground flora.

The planned work is based on arboricultural survey carried out in 2016 in advance of the the lottery bid, as well as historic research and other site surveys.

As well as their heritage value to Britain's earliest seaside resort, the gardens "also offer a mosaic of habitats and function as a wildlife corridor and buffer between the town and natural cliff slopes to the south", the council says.

The tree works will be carried out between 11 November 2019 and 28 February 2020, ahead of the main park restoration work. Bids should be received by 25 October.

For more information see our Tender Tracker page.

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