Two thousand "mown" trees replaced in Harrogate park

Two thousand native tree saplings planted in Nidd Gorge near Harrogate to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have been replaced after they were inadvertently mown by council parks contractors this summer.

A team of 50 volunteers including Harrogate Borough Council staff and councillors replanted the saplings last week in under an hour. The trees cost about £550 to replace, and were funded by Yorkshire Water.

The original saplings were supplied by the Woodland Trust and planted by volunteers from the Bilton Grange Conservation Group last December. Harrogate Borough Council apologised to the group for the error, and said it has since reviewed procedures.

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