WORKERS have begun removing dozens of trees from a Huddersfield park.
Kirklees Council forestry staff are chopping down 40 trees in Greenhead Park to make way for major restoration work, including creating a lake, putting up new boundary railings and restoring the conservatory. There will also be a new play area, a refurbished cafe and new water features.
Clr Christine Stanfield, the council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “These trees are well loved by visitors so it’s important for people to know that the decision to remove so many has not been taken lightly. I trust people will see that these removals are being carried out for the benefit of the park and join me in looking forward to the new developments throughout the park.”
As part of the work, 100 new trees will be planted along the avenue leading to the war memorial.
Clr Stanfield believes the restoration work will improve the park. She said: “This certainly promises to be an important year for Greenhead Park and the restoration work sends out a clear signal of the council's intent to protect and invest in our public spaces.”
The Greenhead Park Restoration Project is expected to take 18 months. Kirklees has contributed £1.6m while the Heritage Lottery Fund has given £3.75m.
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