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Diseased trees at Harehills Park will be replaced

Essential work to remove dead or diseased trees in Harehills Park in Glossop has started - with the Borough Council pledging to work with the local community on its replanting plans.

Around 27 trees have either died or are significantly affected by ash dieback and so must be felled.

Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: "Cutting down trees is always a last resort but the dead trees and those with significant disease do need to be removed.

"I want to reassure people that we are already working on our replanting plans for the tree planting season at the end of the year and we are working closely with community groups on our plans.

"Involving our communities in our parks and open spaces has been a priority for our Council as we know how much people value their green spaces. That's why it's such an important theme of our Park Strategy, so I'm particularly delighted that we have lots of enthusiastic volunteers and groups who want to work co-operatively with us on the replanting and keeping Harehills Park the special place it is."

Harehills Gorilla Gardening Group has already started by planting around 3,000 daffodil, narcissi and bluebell bulbs in areas not likely to be affected by the tree removal.

And they have identified a number of different species of saplings that could be donated to them by the charity Treehearted.

Councillor Greenhalgh added: "The work the group has already done will soon be in evidence for everyone to enjoy as the spring flowers bloom. The Council and I will continue to work closely with them, and others, to design the tree replanting scheme.

"I'd also like to say thank you to them, the other volunteers, and our parks staff at AES, for the great work they do all year round to care for Harehills Park."

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