You may have noticed that work is beginning on the cherry trees in the Park.  We have received the following update from the Council’s forestry section which we want to share with you and your friends.

We wanted to let you know about the plan for the recommended tree works for the cherry avenue running parallel to the burn. Trees marked with an X have been scheduled for removal whereas those marked with a dot are to be crown reduced and retained. A completion deadline of the end of February had  been put upon these works but this has slipped due to the many demands the Forestry Service has on its service following the recent period of high winds. The works will inevitably change the structure of this area of the park but are necessary due to the very poor condition of certain trees and the defects that they present.  Recent failures in periods of high winds illustrate the health and safety risk that some of the trees now presen.  As you are aware, the combination of severe basal decay and high wind loading has caused the loss of a number of these cherries over the last few years.
On the plus side external funding has been provided to replace 25 cherries during this winter and specific planting
locations will be identified over the next month.

The Friends are also working with Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust to seek funding for complete replacement of the cherry trees, so far with limited success, but we are hoping that they will prepare a grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund this year.

We also thought you may be interested to see this photograph of the Valley when there were hardly any trees.

Braidburn Valley 1936