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Chopped down pear trees to be used in new Brockworth play equipment

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

  • CARVE AWAY: Artist Natasha Houseago with helpers Maureen Rowcliffe-Quarry and Allister Anderson. Below; work starts on the playground.

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BELOVED perry pear trees cut down by developers will be used in a revamp of the village playgrounds.

Work started last Tuesday on a £200,000 makeover of the facilities.

New life will be breathed into the trees by transforming the wood into equipment for children.

There was uproar in the village when they were unceremoniously chopped down in August by David Wilson Homes.

The company said they were felled by mistake and has planted small saplings on the Kennel Lane site to replace them.

Bristol-based company Jane's Pond is in charge of the playground project.

Its contractors have now removed the trees and Brockworth Parish Council is asking for ideas on how they should be carved.

Councillor Maureen Rowcliffe-Quarry said: "It would be much nicer if the trees were still standing but it's good to see the wood is staying in the community.

"It's beautiful wood and could have just gone in a chipper and been completely lost so its good we can still enjoy it in a way."

The first phase of the project is expected to take five weeks and will involve work on two toddler play areas and one junior play area at the Clyde Road end of Mill Lane Playing Field.

A hexagonal swing, a tower, climbing wall and nets will be installed.

The combined toddler and junior area at Abbotswood Road Playing Field in Pound Farm will have a basket swing, a spinning supernova and a timber tower.

Councillor Jude Perez said: "It's good to see the playground work starting.

"And I'm pleased the wood is staying in the community.

"The replacement trees are really small and aren't being adequately managed so I will be going to Tewkesbury on that."

Contact the council on 01452 863 123.

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  • jooliem  |  February 27 2013, 12:37PM

    The Citizen has mixed two stories into one. The photos show Natasha Houseago and visitors carving oak that was saved from the Mill Lane development, the finished pieces will be sited along Horsbere Brook. The Perry Pear wood saved from the Kennel Lane development will be carved in April and used in the revamped play areas.

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