Arboricultural specialists from green space management service provider Glendale, have helped bring a 150-year-old avenue of Wellingtonia to its former glory.
The avenue, originally made up of 218 trees, was planted in Camberley in 1865 by Frederick Street. It is thought to be one of the first avenues of Wellingtonia planted in Britain.
The avenue lines several roads in the Surrey town, before running through a park. It was the trees in the park that required attention as the understory had become overgrown.
Phil Hyatt, contract manager from Glendale, comments: “We were delighted to be able to support our client, Surrey Heath Borough Council, in restoring a set of trees with such historical significance in the local area.
“This was quite a controversial project as the vegetation we were clearing is a habitat for local wildlife, however, it was also making it an unsafe area for the public to access. We worked hard to accommodate the views of all parties and retained some areas of vegetation as habitat areas. We also hand felled the understory trees so as to be as sympathetic to the local residents and wildlife as possible.
“The finished effect is magnificent, the clearance work has meant that the avenue can now be seen in all its glory.”
Wellingtonia, more commonly known as Sequoiadendron giganteum, is one of the world’s tallest trees. They were discovered and brought back to Britain in the 1850’s by Cornish plant collector, William Lobb.