THE tree-felling blitz in Huddersfield parks has continued.
Last week Kirklees Council workers began removing dozens of trees from Greenhead Park and, on Monday, tree-felling in Norman Park sparked anger among residents.
Now a row of cherry trees have been chopped from the border of Greenhead Park in Trinity Street and a huge chestnut has been felled in Croft House Lane, Marsh.
The actions have upset residents and park users, although Kirklees Council insist the park trees had to be taken down because of their age and position and the Croft House Lane tree because it was diseased.
A Lindley pensioner, who did not want to be named, said she was really sad about the loss of mature trees alongside the park.
She said: “They are such a glorious site when they blossom in the Spring, they will be terribly missed.”
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “The trees in question were old and potentially dangerous due to their age and their position on the edge of a busy road.
“New trees are being planted as replacements, and these will grow taller rather than wider.”
The council said the 40 trees axed from Greenhead Park were 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.
Tree fellers brought down the chestnut tree in Croft House Lane yesterday.
One local resident said: “It has been a beautiful feature for many, many years and it is a shame to see it go”.
The council insisted the tree was diseased and could pose a safety threat
Clr Christine Stanfield, the council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “These trees in and around Greenhead Park 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.”