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Time for tree change at Thorpe Meadows

The Willow trees, as with most other White Willows in Thorpe Meadows, were planted by Peterborough Development Corporation approximately 40 years ago.

The Willow trees at the south west end were planted as two or three parallel rows, to provide a screen for the sight and sound of traffic on the elevated section of the A1260 Nene Parkway where it crosses Thorpe meadows and the river. Alongside the rowing course, the trees also provide a wind break for the rowing activities.

Willow tree 2

The majority of these trees have now reached an age where inherent structural weaknesses are visible, as highlighted by the annual inspections. The trees have started to shed branches and large limbs, especially during periods of strong wind although at other times too and for no apparent reason.

Willow tree 1

The ecology of White Willows makes it a fast-growing, but relatively short-lived species. The dilapidation of these trees is a natural process that occurs as they reach maturity.

The map below shows the areas in green where the felling work will take place. Replacement trees will be planted in the autumn.

Thorpe Meadows map

We would like to make visitors aware that both ends of the south west footpath will be closed and contractor heavy plant equipment will moving on site. The start date for work is to be confirmed and will take around four weeks to complete. Keep an eye out on social media for future updates.