As part of our tree management programme, trees across all our sites are regularly inspected. In the last few years, sixteen new trees have been planted in Diss Park to sustain the Park for future generations.
Several years ago, a tree survey identified a number of mature trees nearing the end of their life. We have been working with our tree surgeon and expert arboriculturalist to retain these beautiful specimens for as long as possible, but a recent test has identified that the condition of one of the three large Horse Chestnuts on Diss Park has deteriorated to the point where the tree is no longer viable.
This tree, nearest the Park Pavilion, presents too great a risk to the public and will now, sadly, have to be taken down. This is not the outcome we wanted but there is no other choice. The two remaining mature Horse Chestnut trees are currently in better health and will continue to be monitored to maximise their longevity.
The condition of two other trees – an Oak situated on the Lowes and a Beech at Diss Cemetery – are also beyond nurturing and will be felled. Following concerns about the very tall Cypress tree on Rectory Meadow, part of which fell on to a property during recent high winds, works to remove this tree have also been scheduled. We plan to review options for planting appropriate replacement trees in Rectory Meadow.