WISBECH: Cash found to undertake essential maintenance works on National Trust trees

THE National Trust is undertaking essential maintenance work around Wisbech to keep its trees in safe and healthy condition. The first phase will start this month with further works planned through the year. The National Trust looks after a total of 58 ac

THE National Trust is undertaking essential maintenance work around Wisbech to keep its trees in safe and healthy condition. The first phase will start this month with further works planned through the year.

The National Trust looks after a total of 58 acres of land in Wisbech including Peckover House.

Local tree surgeon Chris Hotson has been appointed to undertake the first phase of the project, costing �5,000. The tree surgery includes pollarding limes at the Rugby Club, removing deadwood and overhanging branches close to adjoining landowners, and pollarding trees which have been vandalised. There is also a dead willow tree to be felled at No. 14 North Brink.

Allison Napier, Head Gardener at Peckover, who will be managing the tree surgery project, said: "What we are doing is good pre-planned tree management. We have many mature trees which need looking after, and this tree surgery is just one phase of our ongoing tree maintenance programme.

"This is a lovely green space which I've heard described as a 'green lung' for the centre of Wisbech. The sports field is well used and popular with dog walkers too, and we believe it is important to look after it well for the enjoyment of everyone.