Council removes tree saplings from Chesterfield park just weeks after planting them

The council has removed tree saplings from a park in Chesterfield, just weeks after they were planted.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 7th May 2021, 5:32 pm
Some of the new saplings planted by Chesterfield Borough Council in Spital Park, which have since been removed
Some of the new saplings planted by Chesterfield Borough Council in Spital Park, which have since been removed

Chesterfield Borough Council planted around 3,000 new trees across the town in March as part of efforts to create new wildlife habitats and improve biodiversity.

The saplings were planted in Holmebrook Valley Park, Highfield Park, Langer Lane and Spital Park.

But, a little over a month later, those which were growing in Spital Park have now been removed.

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A spokesperson for Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “The saplings were removed to be re-planted at other locations across the borough whilst we develop an enhanced tree planting programme for the park with the local community.”

The saplings planted across the four locations were a mixture of Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Alder, Hazel, White Willow, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Holly, Euonymus, Beech and Hornbeam.

Using a mixture of species will help improve biodiversity which will in turn create a great habitat for wildlife such as birds and insects, the council said.

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