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21st February 2023

Precautionary work to protect the wall along the northern edge of Queens Gardens continues.

A structural report, commissioned by Hull City Council, stipulates that some ornamental shrubs and trees which are encroaching on the northern boundary wall, along Queens Dock Avenue, need to be removed. This work is being completed ahead of the start of the bird nesting season, which takes place from March, to avoid any harm to wildlife.

Approximately 40 trees, mainly of poor quality, will be taken down from Thursday 23 February, it is expected to take between five and seven days to complete. Two trees, including an oak and lime tree will stay, as they are not impacting on the boundary wall and are good quality species.

This work is in advance of engineering works which are scheduled to get underway in the coming months as part of the wider refurbishment of the gardens.

For every tree removed, three trees will be planted in the gardens and other locations across the city as part of the council’s agreed policy.

Trees will be replaced and planted with appropriate replacement species, providing a good source of nectar and pollen for birds, bees and insects to enhance biodiversity. The new planting will also add seasonal colour along the perimeter of the gardens, complimenting the surrounding colours and architecture of buildings. Some of the trees within the planting scheme are on the endangered species list.

The introduction of new trees forms part of the tree management plan for the gardens, ensuring that the right trees are planted in the right location providing ecological enhancement and diversity.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides is one of the species to be planted

Gillian Osgerby, Project Director at Hull City Council, said: “Due to the proximity to the wall, the report recommends the removal of the trees. The works will be done as quickly and as safely as possible, with little disruption to nearby businesses and the public.

“These precautionary measures ensure the safety of the public as well as protecting the structure of the wall along the northern edge of the gardens.”

Residents and businesses in the close vicinity have been made aware of the work taking place.

Engineering work to stabilise the wall will get underway in the coming months.

Hull’s transformative Queens Gardens refurbishment includes the improvement of accessibility and visitor flows to the gardens, as well as the introduction of bespoke pieces of public art, improvement of biodiversity and the regeneration of a much-loved open space. The project will make the gardens fit for purpose, futureproofing the space and its ability to host large-scale events. Work is expected to get underway from May.

The history of the gardens is being incorporated in its design, reconnecting it with the city’s maritime heritage and the origins of the space as a former dock.