Watford Parade revamp: 50 new trees to be planted in town centre

Watford Observer: Watford Parade revamp: 50 new trees to be planed in town centre Watford Parade revamp: 50 new trees to be planed in town centre

Almost 50 new trees are being planted in The Parade, Watford, as the £4.3 million revamp of the area nears completion.

The species will include the Betula Pendula Multistem, commonly known as a multi-silver birch, and Acer Campe known as the Field Maple.

Silver birches will be used to screen off the traffic from Rickmansworth Road and provide a backdrop to the outdoor events space for Watford’s Big Events programme, starting on Friday, June 20.

Beside the renovated pond will be three Betula Pendula, standard silver birches, which the council states were planted to complement the pond’s "greener and cleaner feel".

Field Maples have been chosen to populate the rest of The Parade, planted in between existing mature trees to give the feeling of an avenue of trees.

The maples have been chosen because their branches grow upwards rather than outwards, providing greenery without obscuring street lights.

Dorothy Thornhill, Watford’s elected mayor, said: "We want the town centre to be more family-friendly, so we listened to residents who said that they wanted The Parade area to be even greener.

"The whole point of these improvements is to make the town centre attractive for shoppers and visitors."

Laura Ormerod, architect for The Parade improvements, said: "Trees bring both aesthetic benefits and important ecological benefits to wildlife, creating habitats for birds and insects and improving air quality.

"We have chosen the species for Watford’s Parade carefully, ensuring they complement the existing trees to give The Parade a healthy and pleasant environment for future generations."

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5:30pm Wed 28 May 14

Retlas says...

The pigeons have a new roost!!

Don't forget your brolly.
The pigeons have a new roost!! Don't forget your brolly. Retlas
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8:51am Thu 29 May 14

WatfordBandB says...

Yes, we need the extra urinals for the night life...
Yes, we need the extra urinals for the night life... WatfordBandB
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9:06am Thu 29 May 14

TRT says...

The consequence for urinating on the high st. is you get the birch.
The consequence for urinating on the high st. is you get the birch. TRT
  • Score: 3

9:49am Thu 29 May 14

Happydays123456789 says...

£4.3 million and they still have the old council slabs running up to the shops! If your going to do a job do it properly!
£4.3 million and they still have the old council slabs running up to the shops! If your going to do a job do it properly! Happydays123456789
  • Score: 2

11:57am Thu 29 May 14

garston tony says...

I like the idea of these trees, i think they'll look great.

But saddly how long before the degenerates come along and try and break them? Hope not, but wouldnt be suprised
I like the idea of these trees, i think they'll look great. But saddly how long before the degenerates come along and try and break them? Hope not, but wouldnt be suprised garston tony
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11:38pm Thu 29 May 14

Andrew1963 says...

Is June the best time to plant a young tree?
Is June the best time to plant a young tree? Andrew1963
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12:21am Fri 30 May 14

TRT says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
Is June the best time to plant a young tree?
Not really. But it's better than August.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: Is June the best time to plant a young tree?[/p][/quote]Not really. But it's better than August. TRT
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1:22pm Fri 30 May 14

Andrew1963 says...

I suppose they will ensure they are watered and any casualties will be replanted in the winter. However they will need to be quite sturdy to avoid death through vandalism. Field Maple is a bit boring, nice yellow autumn colour and of course you can tap the sap to make syrup. I like silver birches, but their shallow roots ruin lawns and no doubt pavements so not such a good choice. But the white bark is nice.
I suppose they will ensure they are watered and any casualties will be replanted in the winter. However they will need to be quite sturdy to avoid death through vandalism. Field Maple is a bit boring, nice yellow autumn colour and of course you can tap the sap to make syrup. I like silver birches, but their shallow roots ruin lawns and no doubt pavements so not such a good choice. But the white bark is nice. Andrew1963
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