Bradford Council to fell trees in Cliffe Castle Park restoration

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: One of the features at Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley One of the features at Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley

Bradford Council has defended its decision to chop down about 30 trees in Cliffe Castle Park, Keighley.

It says the felling is essential as part of the £4.5 million lottery-funded redevelopment of the park.

It has pledged to replace the trees with new planting next winter, which will leave the popular park with more trees than before.

Steve Hartley, the Council’s interim strategic director for environment and sport, spoke after concerns were raised by park visitors.

The council intends to cut down trees and bushes that have grown on the site of the old pond towards the bottom of the park.

It will also fell cherry blossom trees and a tulip tree on the grass area in front of the Cliffe Castle cafe, greenhouses and animal cages.

Mr Hartley said the tree removal tied in with the £4.5m park improvement scheme, which is funded by Bradford Council and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3.5m.

Work, which involves restoring significant landscape features and improving links between the house and grounds, is expected to be completed by summer next year.

Mr Hartley said: “The necessary tree work has been identified following historical research and a full tree condition survey.

“Some of the trees have grown unchecked over the years and need pruning or removing altogether.

“This will open up some of the historic views out of the park, down the valley and from the park to the tower.”

Sue Spencer, of the Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group, said members would have preferred the felling to be carried out later this year, after the bird nesting season.

But she said the restoration of the pond had been one of the main requests when the Council consulted Keighley people on what improvements were needed in the park.

She said: “It’s desperately sad to see trees go, but if you want to see a pond you can’t keep the trees.”

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2:24pm Mon 12 May 14

Not so simple says...

What a gorgeous and historical park...surely felling trees is never a good thing but conservation group probably know what they are doing. Those trees are decades old and every effort should be made to preserve them rather then knock them down. Also re the trees growing unchecked: someone hasn't done their job in terms of checking on them.
What a gorgeous and historical park...surely felling trees is never a good thing but conservation group probably know what they are doing. Those trees are decades old and every effort should be made to preserve them rather then knock them down. Also re the trees growing unchecked: someone hasn't done their job in terms of checking on them. Not so simple
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Mon 12 May 14

alive and awake says...

The Department responsible for trees preservation in Bradford are the worst in the Country, I am told by someone who worked in the dept, and had to get out. Run by a bullying unqualified Management, so I'm informed.
The Department responsible for trees preservation in Bradford are the worst in the Country, I am told by someone who worked in the dept, and had to get out. Run by a bullying unqualified Management, so I'm informed. alive and awake
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Mon 12 May 14

i'dliketosay says...

With a historic park such as Cliffe Castle, the conservation group will have researched when and how many trees to fell. As sad as it is to see the loss of tress, needs must
With a historic park such as Cliffe Castle, the conservation group will have researched when and how many trees to fell. As sad as it is to see the loss of tress, needs must i'dliketosay
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