Pirie Road green space – revised planting
Planting and maintenance dates and time: COMPLETED
A short section of hedge planting and a mini orchard in the green space between Pirie Road and St John’s Road, Buglawton. This green space is owned by Cheshire East Council and managed by Congleton Town Council. Both support tree and hedge planting to help reduce the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss.
‘I like it’ (supportive): 4
‘I don’t like it’ (against): 2
‘I like it, but…’ (asking for some changes): 4
The comments included unqualified support, some suggestions for further planting, and also some reservations about the scheme as proposed. Information about current uses was also supplied. People generally supported biodiversity enhancement, including hedge and fruit tree planting, but wanted to maintain some open green space for recreation and ball games. There was some concern about the condition of existing trees but these are the responsibility of Cheshire East Council.
As there was general support for the proposals in principle, the planting will be carried out, but with the number of fruit trees reduced in order to leave the central area clear. As the green space is relatively small and bordered by gardens, fruit trees will be on semi-dwarfing rootstocks. The Tree Council has agreed 100% funding for the work under its Branching Out Fund.
The hedge and fruit trees will be well mulched to keep down weeds until the planting is established. In the first year, volunteers will help with aftercare but in the long term, the planting will be maintained by the Town Council’s Streetscape team. The details are still to be confirmed but it is expected that the hedge will be maintained at no more than the height of the adjacent fence, with trimmed phased to allow some fruit and berries to develop each year for wildlife and amenity benefit. Fruit trees will receive formative pruning and future access around them will be maintained by subsequent pruning as required.
Would you like to be a friend of Pirie Road?
We would love local residents to become ‘friends’ of the trees and plants planted in the area, a ‘friend’ would keep an eye on the site and report any damage or problems, or indeed how the plants are flourishing! Please fill in the form below with your contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.
Previous layout (superseded by the new plan above)
If you would prefer you can post your feedback to Congleton Partnership, Congleton Town Hall, High Street, Congleton, CW12 1BN, or leave a comment on the Trees for Congleton Facebook page.
If you would like to help, please give contact details.