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Conway Square Trees Conserved!

MONDAY 12 JANUARY 2015

Conway Square Trees Conserved!

 

13 Tilia cordota (Lime) trees are being relocated from Conway Square to Londonderry Park as part of the ongoing Newtownards Public Realm Scheme and redevelopment of Londonderry Park by Ards Borough Council.

 The 25 year old trees are being carefully moved during a two-week process which involves an expert crown reduction and root pruning procedure to enable them to be safely replanted and conserved at their new site.

 The trees are being relocated to Londonderry Park as part of the renovation of the site, and will provide the shade and beauty of already mature trees at a lower cost than purchasing them, according to John McConnell, Parks and Cemeteries Manager for Ards Borough Council:

“January is the perfect time of year to move ‘Lime’ trees to ensure that they re-bed correctly.  I have no doubt that these already mature, attractive trees will add ambience to the new Londonderry Park development, which is due to re-open this summer.”

The £5.5M Newtownards Public Realm scheme seeks to develop Conway Square and the surrounding streets, including Regent Street, Frances Street, Castle Place, and Gibson’s Lane by replacing kerbs and paving, and updating street lighting and street furniture.

The new design will reflect the history of the town, retaining the Blair Mayne Statue and TT Memorial within their existing setting, with natural stone paving selected for Conway Square and the surrounding footpaths, and lighting columns chosen to match the existing street lights.

Curved street furniture and bespoke seating, including sections with back rest, alongside feature lighting and contemporary style litter bins and bollards, will create a modern look for the town centre.   

A range of other new trees will also be planted, and Conway Square will benefit from enhanced power and water supplies, as part of the project.

The project is one of three Public Realm schemes taking place in the Ards Borough which are being match-funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and delivered by Ards Borough Council in an investment totalling over £10M.  Work is also taking place in Donaghadee and Comber.