We have some bad news for
residents of Shore Bank (overlooking Shorefields). Some of the poplar
trees alongside your street will have to be felled, and some others
As those of us around the corner at Shorefields have discovered, the
Council has had an independent tree surveyor carry out a review of all
street trees across the borough. The review has uncovered some worrying
facts about the condition of some of our trees here in New Ferry, and
particularly in the Shorefields area.
Trees don't live forever. They have a varying lifespan - some trees live
for only 30 years, some can live for hundreds of years. The Lombardy
poplars we have in the Shorefields area mostly date from the late 1930s
when the Council housing and swimming pool (now gone under the Wimpey
estate) were originally built. This particular variety of the trees on
average only live 50 to 70 years. The ones here are over 80 years old,
approaching 90 years of age - so are therefore already on borrowed time.
The ones to be felled have serious age related rot and cavities inside
them which means that in strong winds they can potentially topple over.
And this is a risk to peoples' homes, property and even lives. The work
will be happening imminently. The Council are doing what they can to
some of the trees to preserve their lives as long as possible - and this
will include some severe pruning (called pollarding).
You can download and read the Tree Surveyor's report here.
The biggest problem is that
in the next 10 to 20 years, ALL the current poplars are going to
disappear, which means that Shorefields is going to lose many of the
trees which gives it its character and makes it the attractive place to
live that it is.
We are going to ask the Council to do what it can to start a programme
of new tree planting in New Ferry if funding can be found. We are going
to need new trees to be planted over the next few years so that these
will already be established when the current stock of mature trees come
to the end of their lives.
To stay up-to-date on what is happening at Shorefields, please see the
new Friends of Shorefields Nature Park facebook page