Council to carry out some tree clearance on ancient monument

Work continues next week on a project to improve the safety of the trees on Barnstaple’s Castle Mound.

Throughout November tree surgeons will be pruning and removing a number of trees on the and around the mound.

The work is part of a three-year programme of improvements to the ancient monument of a Norman castle to ensure trees are not damaging its structure.

A decaying beech will be removed from near the telephone exchange, some ash and another small beech near the car park will also be taken out. Some more clearance work will be carried out on the top of the mound, to open up views towards the police station and beyond.

Executive member for parks, leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “The improvements we have made so far at Castle Mound have made a big difference to the appearance and accessibility of the site.

“There is now a gravel path and steps leading up the mound which was funded by Historic England, and clearing away some of the brambles and trees has really opened up the impressive views from the top overlooking the town and river. These further works will continue to improve this important historical site.”

In the interests of safety, the pathway leading up Castle Mound may be closed at times during the work.