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On 15 Jun 2015 at 1:53pm nevillman wrote:
I've increasingly noticed that a number of interesting viewpoints have become obstructed by trees. In the past presumably they would have been felled but now there seems to be over respect for them. Anyone else noticed this? A good example is by the bowling green near the castle and from my back garden
On 15 Jun 2015 at 2:15pm Tree hugger wrote:
Let them grow and lets plant more.
I think some are protected.
Don't leave any open spaces or the council might build there !!!
On 15 Jun 2015 at 3:27pm green fingered wrote:
Most likely have a tree protection order on them. Enjoy the trees, they are the lungs of the world.
On 15 Jun 2015 at 3:31pm bastian wrote:
Trees are a flood defence, grow more.
On 15 Jun 2015 at 4:35pm Nancy Boyes wrote:
We need more trees around the town, not less. When Santon's little boxes made of ticky tacky flood the North Street area, I'd like it to be hidden from view asap. I also think that "where do the trees go?" should be on the planning application from day one and not added on as an afterthought to be quietly and conveniently dropped after the deal has been done I would also like to see trees being planted NOW to replace some of the more venerable specimen trees around the town that are coming to the end of their natural lifetime. I do agree with you that certain views can be, or are becoming obscured, for example, I can longer see Nevill or Borough fireworks from my house thanks to a screen of Sycamores growing at the junction of Nevill and Chalky road but before they are cut down I'd like to see them underplanted with trees that provided more benefits to wildlife and were better able to withstand and reduce traffic pollution. Those beautiful trees up at the bowling green only need a bit of judicious pruning to maintain the view (which incidently, is far clearer than it has been for years) but I'd expect that they would be subject to budget priorities alongside everything else. As I understand it, they are surveyed regularly and when it's deemed their turn, they'll probably have the appropriate remedial work done.
On 15 Jun 2015 at 8:03pm xplorer1 wrote:
The Santon/LDC proposal for North St does include a planting scheme, for trees and plants. The Friends of Lewes Trees Committee has provided Santon/LDC with detailed feedback, not only on the scheme itself, but on longer-term maintenance.
We're also working on planting more trees elsewhere in the town, including street tree replacements. We just put four in the Malling Industrial Estate and one at Southover School to replace the huge beech tree on the corner opposite the Grange.
If you have any suggestions for planting locations, visit the FoL website (link below) or the Lewes Urban Arboretum FB page and make comments.

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On 15 Jun 2015 at 9:13pm nevillman wrote:
Very glad to hear about the new trees but how about a list of trees to get rid of as well. Usually just a sycamore that started growing and was left and is now too big. Really shouldn't get sentimental about all trees. Many sycamores are just big weeds.
On 16 Jun 2015 at 8:49am castleboy wrote:
I think that you'll find the trees obscuring the view from the castle, by the bowling green are in the back gardens of houses in New Road, and therefore the responsibility falls to the property owners there to trim them. I also suspect that they are in a conservation area and therefore permission needs to be sought from District council before any work can be carried out. Which is probably why nobody bothers..
On 16 Jun 2015 at 2:14pm xplorer1 wrote:
Castleboy, you're right about needing planning permission for tree work in a conservation area, but it's simple form to complete, no charge, and the LDC Tree Officer is very pragmatic and supportive of such work. The barrier, I fear, is ctwo-fold:
1) they grow slowly, so you don't notice how bug they're getting
2) cost. It's not cheap to get someone professional to do it, and of course they have to take away the timber and brash as well, unless you have storage space for logs for two years while they dry out, and have a wood-burner.

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