Tree Consultation and Survey
HUNT MUSEUM LAUNCHES PUBLIC CONSULTATION OVER TREE HEALTH & SAFETY RISK AND ACTION PLAN
A tree survey to check the condition of the trees and undertake any necessary action was carried out by an independent contractor of the OPW on 29 September 2020. The full results of this survey are published on the Hunt Museum Website. The results were further verified by a second arborist.
The unfortunate key finding is that the large Chestnut tree in the photo below has an infection and displays blight on the two main scaffold boughs which exhibit excessive crust formations which girdle and compromise tree soundness and tree structure stability. The recommendation is therefore that the tree is removed to maintain health and safety requirements in this public space.
- Chestnut Tree. Blight Girdles on Trunk and Boughs.
- Another tree – a Lime tree, located on the narrow shrub bed close to the main gated entrance. If left in situ, this tree will continue to grow and impact on the adjoining masonry structures and it will either likely fail from instability and present as a risk to health and safety. The recommendation is therefore to remove tree and stump grind.
- Lime Tree compromising walls
- A third, the glorious London Plane needs further investigation at the crown level before a final course of action is recommended. Please check HuntMuseum.com for updates.
The Hunt Museum wants to make sure that any decisions with regards to the trees are made in full consultation with the public and has a web consultation page where you can read the full survey results and leave your thoughts and comments. You can also complete a live public opinion survey on what you think the best course of action is and whether the trunk should become a wildlife refuge or something else. We will later be asking you to vote on the best replacement trees.
The Hunt Museum Director Jill Cousins commented: I find the removal of any tree very sad, they do so much for the planet, but we also have to consider the possibility of injury to anyone We will look at options of creating wildlife refuges of the trunks, rather that total removal or maybe making sculptures from the wood in situ, depending on the results of the public consultations and the OPW will be replacing them with new Irish native trees, which again the local community are invited to decide on.