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Winckley Square tree works complete ahead of £1.2m Gardens project

March 18th, 2016

Work to remove decaying and unhealthy trees in Preston’s Winckley Square Gardens, ahead of a £1.2million restoration scheme getting underway, has now finished.

The work has seen seventeen trees removed from the Gardens, which were in poor health and condition.

In the coming days work to level out and re-seed areas affected by the work will be completed.

Ben Williams, Project Manager at Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire & Merseyside, said: “We’d like to thank all the Square’s occupants for bearing with us during this period.

“Moving and collecting all the timber from the Gardens has caused some disturbance to the surrounding grassed areas. Over the coming days these areas will all be levelled out and re-seeded so that in a few weeks these areas will be back to normal.”

The tree removal was a precursor to the £1.2million revamp of the historic Winckley Square Gardens, backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.

The £1.2m scheme has been led by the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC) and Groundwork in partnership with Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Preston BID and Preston Historical Society. It is expected to start in May and be completed by the end of 2016.

The tree removal plan was developed alongside arboricultural experts from Myerscough College, and has secured planning approval from Preston City Council. The works will be carried out by a qualified and experienced arboricultural contractor.

Ben added: “WSCIC, Groundwork, and Preston City Council continue to work closely together to ensure that the Gardens stay safe and usable throughout this phase of work, and that the disruption is made good as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Click here to read the announcement from June 2015 that Funding for £1.2m Winckley Square Gardens restoration is approved.

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