There are significant gaps in the hedgerows bordering the roads and lanes of the parish. Over the years, plants have died or gaps have appeared for other reasons. Trees have fallen, been damaged or grown in the wrong places.
This project is in two phases. The first is an arboreal survey, and the second will be the actual planting and remedial works. The latter will be the subject of a subsequent grant application in July 2017, the work being undertaken in winter 2017/18.
Survey work, resulting in a report to the parish council:
- Tree condition assessment - along the roads and lanes, identifying those that require work to make them safe and logging the location of others.
- Landscape Character Assessment - analyse the local landscape character and find areas where its value would be enhanced through infill planting in hedgerows or trees, including recommendations for the removal or replacement of trees which detract from the character of the village settings. Assessment of verges would also be done.
Before any works are agreed the relevant land and/or property owners will be consulted.
[Update - October 2018]
The tree planting project around the parish will take place in November and involves more than 1km of gaps in hedgerows being planted up and a significant number of new trees being planted in various locations around Arkendale, Coneythorpe and Clareton. Following discussions with the council we will not be removing any trees from Moor Lane through Arkendale as was the original proposal, rather there will be a few new trees added. You may notice that the council carried out some tree maintenance along Moor Lane in the summer and this has greatly improved many of the existing trees.
[Update - April 2018]
There is approximately 1 kilometre of hedgerow gaps to be filled in the parish. This will be accomplished during 2018.
For the tree planting, the Parish Council are liaising with North Yorkshire County Council Highways. The work will include some screening of the Allerton Incinerator in Coneythorpe, and improvements to the streetscape. Plans for changes to trees in Arkendale are being discussed in consultation with NYCC and HBC.
The same contractor will be used for both the hedgerow and tree planting works.
[Update - September 2017]
The Parish Council is now working up a scope of works for the general hedgerow gapping up and tree planting across the Parish - both to screen views of the incinerator in certain locations and to enhance the visual impact of other locations, through a programme of tree removal and planting. One area requiring further consultation with residents is the tree removal and planting works along Moor Lane in Arkendale and representatives of the Parish Council intend to discuss this with residents along Moor Lane between the Church and the southern end of the village over the next few weeks.