Some more significant changes for Jesus Green are planned - this time it's the trees.
These plans will be discussed at a West /Central Area committee at the Grad Pad on Thursday, April 30 at 7.30pm following a comprehensive review of what should be done.
The main points are:
- planting of a new avenue of 20 cherry trees parallel to the horse chestnut avenue
- the removal of six trees on the avenue running from Jesus Lock to Portugal Street to be replaced by 25 Tai Haku cherry trees
- the removal of 12 'scattered' trees in the 'nature area' area towards Midsummer Common to make way for the cherry trees.
-removal of scattered trees near Jesus College ditch (those not in avenue)
- a strengthening of the east to west beech avenue --- this will eventually become the dominant visual feature on the green once the London plane tree avenue fails and is replanted
- removal of leylandii from near the tennis courts
-infill of four London plane trees on plane avenue
These seem to be influenced by the somewhat controversial plans put forward by landscape architect Robert Myers in the unsuccessful bid for lottery money, which was turned down earlier this month. Basically, the emphasis will be on having trees in straight lines.
The straggling trees near Jesus College ditch will go, as will the 12 trees in the sort of nature area near Midsummer Common, as will the leylandii. This will bring a uniformity of sorts. Previous nature themed areas will go, instead there will be striking lines of trees.
Is this the approach we want for Jesus Green? Some people regard the informality of the green as its primary virtue, but the lines of trees do provide a certain definition to the grassed areas.
There will be concerns over the replacement of the Porugal Street avenue. This is a great collection of trees despite their mixed nature and works well. Should these trees be cut down for aesthetic reasons, especially if they are replaced by smaller trees (as happened on Parkers' Piece, to not particularly great success) ?
Not too controversial are the removal of the leylandii - they are not attractive and shield views of the green from people entering the green from the boardwalk. The other scattered trees near Jesus ditch could go too without too much fuss (many of these trees will be transplanted, not felled, as they are in good shape)
There needs to be a plan, but we need to think about if this is the right one.
Does the Portugal Street avenue need to go if it could survive for another 20-30 years easily? And can't it be informally replanted when dying trees fail?
Please read the entire document (about 15 pages) and let us know what you think
The JGA intend to address the area committee and anyone else who wants to needs to register a few days in advance