Return of our trees plea after Elm woes

David Slattery-Christy says there should be more trees placed on Whitegate Drive and surrouding areas.
David Slattery-Christy says there should be more trees placed on Whitegate Drive and surrouding areas.
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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to green up a busy Blackpool road after many of its trees were wiped out by a devastating disease.

Boughs thrived on the once leafy Whitegate Drive until Dutch Elm Disease struck a few years ago.

Now residents would like to see trees re-planted along the road and surrounding streets such as Forest Gate and Mere Road.

David Slattery-Christie, vice-chairman of the Talbot police and communities together meeting, said: “There is no possible reason why new trees would not do as well as these planted by our forebears.

“Whitegate Drive runs in a natural valley and as such has natural drainage to the water table beneath.

“This has allowed trees to thrive on the drive and actually help with excess drainage - as well as being of an environmental benefit to air quality.”

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It has been suggested a wrought iron decorative cage could be placed around the trees to protect them.

Mr Slattery-Christie said the community has really come together to fight drug-related anti-social behaviour and so it would be a nice reward for residents.

He added: “It would be nice for everyone. We have had so many issues but we have come through it together as a community, it would be a really positive thing for the area. ”

Blackpool Council said it is keen to replant some trees on Whitegate Drive.

Coun Sarah Riding, ward councillor for Talbot, said: “We are working with the local businesses to make this area look much more attractive than it currently does.

“At the moment we are still in the process of determining exactly where these trees will be planted in the area and the timescales.

“We hope that some trees will be in the ground during the next tree planting season, which begins in October.”

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