Castle trees won’t be chopped down

kna  Knaresborough Castle.  2706073c.
kna Knaresborough Castle. 2706073c.

Trees in the grounds of Knaresborough Castle won’t be chopped down to improve the views of the castle, Harrogate Borough Council decided after a public consultation.

The council received 60 responses to a public consultation about the idea of felling four trees which obstruct views, the majority of respondents (58 per cent) said they wanted to see the trees remain.

Knaresborough resident David Goode said he thought the public consultation was run at the wrong time of year as the trees don’t currently have the same impact as they do in the summer months.

He said: “Maybe there is a case for the trees to be made smaller.”

Coun Pat Jones (Con, Stray)Cabinet member for cultural services decided to retain the trees at a meeting on Tuesday (April 1).

In a notice the council say it will: “Explore alternative options with regards to the management of the trees going forward, including looking at the feasibility of potentially carrying out tree canopy reduction works and/or the thinning of tree canopies and to report back at a later date with the proposals.”

Town Coun Andrew Willoughby said: “It is a shame it is a lost opportunity.”