At least 300 mature trees across London’s parks have died during the summer’s hot weather and many more have been damaged, according to a report published by the Royal Parks this month.
Trees have been affected by record-breaking temperatures and large areas of parkland have been left scorched and barren. Hyde Park was particularly affected because of the added stress of large crowds attending concerts and demonstrations. Restoration work to the parks is expected to run to hundreds of thousands of pounds and Hyde Park alone is expected to need more than £250,000.
The Royal Parks has reacted by creating a working party to look at planting species that will be better suited to hotter conditions.
Royal Parks representative Theo Moore said: “Many trees find it hard to survive droughts, so it is sensible to consider more plants that enjoy hotter climates.”
Royal Parks deputy chief executive Mike Fitt added: “We’re not suddenly going to replant the parks – it is something we have to think about for the future, which is why we have set up a working party.”
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