Brinton Park is a large park of approximate 10.067 hectares, with a covering of trees both indigenous, and non-indigenous. When first conceived, planting was situated along main footpaths and boundaries to ‘soften’ the landscape. Fast growing Austrian pine, which are adapted to a wide range of soils, including sandy soil were planted alongside Sutton and Minster Road. Beyond that, more common species like Beech, Ash, Hawthorn, Sycamore, Acacia, and Chestnut were planted. Also avenues of trees down the main thoroughfares throughout the park were planted, and ‘groups’ of trees in more open areas.
Trees are one of the few landscape features that cross all the boundaries of modern urban living, and play a very important role by adding more benefits to our community, including helping to enhance streetscapes, reduce climatic extremes, improve air quality, and provide a habitat for wildlife. They touch every aspect of our lives, our homes, our work, our journey to work, and our recreational space. The benefits of trees and green spaces in terms of health, well being and the environment enhancement are well documented through much research, and should not be underestimated.
Trees growing in Brinton Park provide a vital benefit and help us make life more pleasant for residents, workers and visitors. Their presence can help towards creating tranquillity and reduce stress. Trees have many benefits, for example;
-Provide Shelter: Trees reduce wind speed around buildings, and their dappled shade provides a useful barrier from ultra violet radiation.
-Cool the air: Trees regulate evaporation, and have an effect on shade and heat retention. Trees release oxygen into the air.
-Stabilise soil: Soil erosion on areas where there are no trees can be up to one thousand times greater than a tree covered area.
-Filter air pollution: Trees act as filters to remove particulate pollution deposited on leaves. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and can help to mitigate against emissions considered harmful to planet earth’s ozone layer.
-Create wildlife habitats: Trees of varying ages provide homes for wildlife, shelter, food and support a wide range of variety of mammals, birds and insects.
-Improve the landscape: The presence of trees frequently provides a softening effect to built structures. Trees can form backdrops to urban settings to improve people’s enjoyment of the landscape.
Tree Maintenance Regimes
Wyre Forest District Council intends to manage its trees so that they make a positive contribution to their locality and are reasonably safe and do not cause excessive nuisance. The aim is that more people benefit from the presence of trees by ensuring a more equal distribution of tree cover across the district.
The Council has in place a routine schedule of tree inspections and information stored on an Arbortrack system. The frequency of inspections depends on the tree itself and considerations of age/location/condition are defining factors when inspections are carried out. Trees are also ‘zoned’ according to the risk of them failing and causing serious injury or damage.
Zone 1: Where there is frequent public access to trees e.g. parks/ recreation grounds, in and around picnic areas, schools, children’s playgrounds, popular footpaths, car parks, or at the side of busy roads. As a rough guide trees in Zone 1 are those that are closely approached by many people every day. Typically trees that fall within Zone 1 are inspected annually.
Zone 2: Trees that fall within less frequent public access areas but are still visited by members of the public e.g. large open areas, are usually inspected between 1 – 3 years.
Zone 3: Where trees are not subject to frequent public access are usually inspected between 3 – 5 years.
Trees in parks and open spaces are managed to reflect the circumstances of any one site and the type, age and condition of the trees. Trees in parks generally have more room to grow compared to the street and hence typically grow to their full height and spread. Ongoing maintenance includes the removal of dead wood, formative pruning (to remove problems in the tree form when the tree is young so avoiding expensive problems later), removing low branches from pathways and the removal of trees when they come to the end of their safe and useful life. Available resources will be used to plant new trees where a need is identified.
Tree removal is regrettable but under a number of circumstances necessary. The decision to fell a tree is not taken lightly and, apart from when a dangerous tree needs attention, we will publicise our maintenance schedule either via the website, or by use of site notices.
Most trees that need to be felled have become unsafe and there is no cost effective solution to otherwise retain the tree. Other reasons why trees need to be removed, and Brinton Park being a prime example for this, are where a tree is completely out of scale with its surroundings, where its removal would benefit surrounding trees, or new planting schemes have been implemented.
Tree colour guide:
Red: Tree to be felled
Blue: Maintenance work required
Pink: Young tree
Green: Good tree
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