New rare trees are planted in Alexandra Park

Cllr Dawn Poole at the planting of the trees with Park Ranger Nick Hennessey and volunteers from The Conservation Volunteers
Cllr Dawn Poole at the planting of the trees with Park Ranger Nick Hennessey and volunteers from The Conservation Volunteers
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Additional rare trees have been planted in Alexandra Park.

As part of the park’s maintenance and future management, Hastings Borough Council has planted the trees that will in time take the place of trees that will be lost.

Councillor Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “Created by landscape gardener Robert Marnock in 1878, Alexandra Park is an exceptional park and we must ensure it continues to be.

“Some of the original rare trees planted are now old and will naturally come to an end.

“This planting season we have added 15 rare trees to our collection, all sourced from a specialist tree nursery in Salisbury. Among them are trees such as the Hastings oak, Crataegus arnoldiana and Prunus verecunda.

“Assisted by The Conservation Volunteers who have planted the trees, we intend this very special planting project to run until the long-term future of the trees in the park has been secured.”

Alexandra Park is a Grade II Park of Historic Interest and has regularly been the recipient of the prestigious Green Flag Award, awarded to spaces that boast the highest possible standards.