Quayside/St Peter’s Road green space
Quayside/St Peter’s Road
Planting and maintenance dates and times: COMPLETED
Hedge planting and one ornamental tree in the green space between Quayside and St Peter’s Road. This is a scheme that was put forward by local residents, backed by a petition. The 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): 22 (including a petition signed by 20 local residents which was submitted before the consultation started)
‘I don’t like it’ (against): 1
‘I like it, but…’ (asking for some changes): 0
Local consultation was largely carried out by local residents in advance of the wider consultation exercise. The objection to the hedge planting was that it was not needed, and could be unsafe for children and dogs, with holly and blackthorn being unsuitable plants. There was also concern that some residents who might oppose the scheme had been missed.
As there was overwhelming support for the proposals, the planting will be carried out, but taking into account the objection, the length of hedging on St Peter’s Road has been reduced by 3 m, and thorny blackthorn has been substituted by additional beech plants. The Tree Council has agreed 100% funding for the work under its Branching Out Fund.
The hedge 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 around 1.2 m, with trimming on alternate sides each year to allow some fruit and berries to develop each year for wildlife and amenity benefit.
Would you like to be a friend of Quayside/St Peter’s 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Previous layout (superseded by the new plan above)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.