Trees to be removed from historic Barnstaple monument

Barnstaple's historic Castle Mound.

Barnstaple's historic Castle Mound. - Credit: Archant

Decayed and unstable oak and sycamore to be felled next week.

FOUR trees on will be removed from Barnstaple’s historic Castle Mound next week.

A decayed oak and a sycamore will be cleared from the base of the mound facing the police station.

Two sycamores overhanging the Cattle Market car park have become unstable and will also be removed.

North Devon Council said their roots had been gradually exposed over time by people climbing the mound.

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The council will also be clearing away brambles to tidy up the ancient monument.

Councillor Derrick Spear, executive member for parks, leisure and culture, said: “Castle Mound is all that remains of Barnstaple’s 12th century castle and is a significant feature of the town’s historical landscape.

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“Therefore, it’s very important that our parks team keeps a close eye on the health of the trees and carries out any necessary work to maintain them, in line with our tree strategy.

“There is a delicate balance between keeping the area safe, looking after the wildlife and our duty to care for what is a scheduled ancient monument.”

A small number of parking spaces in Cattle Market car park will be closed off during the work, which should take two to three days.

Further pruning work and shrub removal will take place at a later date, to create small viewpoints across the town.

Meanwhile, work has started to remove two decayed purple-leaf plum trees on the Strand. Replacement trees have already been planted.

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