Council admits public "shock" at loss of Leicester park's trees

Leicester City Council's £1.8m refurbishment of its prominent Victoria Park has drawn criticism for the scale of tree felling involved.

Image: YouTube/Pastiche
Image: YouTube/Pastiche

Around 50 mature trees have been removed to create a new processional route between the Green Flag-winning park's centrepiece, the Grade I, Sir Edwin Lutyens-designed Arch of Remembrance, and the park's historic gates.

But Mags Lewis of Friends of Victoria Park told the BBC: "When you look at the scale of the devastation it does look pretty stark. People are quite shocked."

She added that though the public had been consulted, "I don't think people felt it was completely obvious so many trees would be lost".

The council's project manager Bryan Stafford explained: "It was quite difficult to see the war memorial from inside the park," but added the trees' removal "has been a shock for people".

The walkway will be lined by 48 new trees, while a further 30 will be planted in other areas of the park to replace those lost.

The work is due to be completed in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.


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