City council to plant new trees in Exeter's town centre

PUBLISHED: 09:26 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

THE city council is to plant new trees in Exeter's Paris Street and Sidwell Street

THE city council is to plant new trees in Exeter's Paris Street and Sidwell Street

Fifteen plane trees will be planted from Monday November 24 as part of the environmental improvement of the area.

Exeter City Council said in Paris Street 10 new trees will replace five existing ones on the eastern side of the street, complementing those recently planted on the western side to create an avenue of trees.

The existing trees are reaching the end of their useful lives and many are suffering vehicle damage, are leaning, contorted or have been lopped. New planting will enhance the character of the street and provide the next generation of street trees.

The recently widened pavement means that there is now much more space than before, allowing trees to be planted in parts of the street where it was not previously possible. The trees will be aligned to allow them to develop and mature whilst reducing the risk of damage done by passing vehicles and to avoid the necessity for lopping.

An Exeter City Council spokesperson said: "Plane trees are well adapted to street conditions. The trees will be matched on both sides to enhance the appearance of the avenue.

"Doing the work now means the maximum number of trees can be planted in advance of any potential installation of underground services that could prevent planting in the future."

In Sidwell Street five new trees will be planted on the southern side in between the market traders' pitches to improve the appearance of the street.

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