BCC Tree Officer noted 5 trees that were moribund or dead earlier this summer.
These have all been felled. Four trees were on the Maurice Road boundary. The two near St Bart’s church were Prunus padus, Bird cherries; those lower down were unspecified cherries (This photo is one of them). The leaning tree in the childen’s play area has also been felled; that was listed as a rowan, Sorbus aucuparia.
In due course we may be able to plant some new trees to replace these, not necessarily, but not necessarily not, in similar locations.

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Comment by Jo Corke on July 14, 2020 at 10:22

Hi everyone,

This response from BCC Tree Officer:

These stumps will be removed when the replacement trees are sponsored so we are just waiting for this.


The leaning one was played on by kids so this was chamfered make it a bit smoother.

Comment by Jo Corke on July 10, 2020 at 17:16

Hi Paul,
Trees: the council does not routinely replace trees in the park. Any replacements which they allocate have to be sponsored. A crowdfunding by Doug Reid, a Friend of the Park, raised sufficient money to replace three trees quite recently.

When the council allocate the locations for the trees then we will look at the sponsorship fund. There is currently enough for two replacement trees. Individuals can sposor trees; the cost per tree is £295.

I don’t know why they left the stumps. I’ll ask.

Pond. You are right, the pond is overgrown this year. Normally a group of FOSAP volunteers manage the pond; volunteers work within BCC guidelines & during Covid Times we have not been allowed to do any group maintenance.
A couple of volunteers have been doing individual clearing, but proper clearance requires people in the pond in waders & support 'on land' which means at least three people to meet the H&S requirements. So until we get back to normal the pond will continue to get more crowded with vegetation.
If you would like to be involved with park volunteering then email me at fosapark@gmail.com and I’ll happily add you to the list.


Comment by Paul Reddish on July 4, 2020 at 16:28

I was sorry to see the trees disappear from the Maurice Rd edge of the park. Are there any plans to replace them. It's a shame to lose 4 flowering trees. I'm sure the insects would agree. In springtime each year, litle children had lots of fun shaking down pink snow from what I took as Japanese flowering cherries.

A separate quesion. Do you know why the tree surgeons left 1 metre high stumps?

Final question. Is there any plan to clear out some of the vegetation from the pond? Natural progression,I know, but soon there will be no open water.

Park looks beautiful, even in the drizzle today. I feel priveleged to live near it.

Best wishes,


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