Line of trees set to be replaced in Letchworth

Trees that line Broadway in Letchworth are due to be replaced with new species of tree, the Himalaya

Trees that line Broadway in Letchworth are due to be replaced with new species of tree, the Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis Jacquemontii) - Credit: Archant

A ROW of trees are due to be replaced with a new variety.

The trees which line Broadway Walk in Letchworth GC will be removed and the Himalayan birch installed in their place.

The existing species of tree called liquidambar which currently line the street have failed to grow.

Every year a number of original trees have died and been replaced by the council.

Other trees along the avenue have suffered from young shoots of the tree gradually dying.

According to the council the trees will never form an impressive avenue as intended in the original design of Broadway Walk.

The surviving trees will be removed and replanted, and any trees not saved will be chipped and used on flower beds in North Herts.

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The Himalayan birch has been selected to replace the liquidambars as it is more tolerant to the conditions found along the walkway.

North Herts District Council will start the work at the beginning of February.