With work about to start on providing much-needed new car parking spaces at the Battle of Britain Memorial, visitors and our neighbours have been warned that a number of trees are due to be cleared at the site.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has stressed that in the long term, landscaping at the site will be more attractive than it is now, with new trees due to be planted once building work is complete.
In the meantime, the Trust is asking people to be patient as the existing scrubland is cleared to make way for 87 new parking spaces, including four disabled bays.
The Memorial site has been short of parking since the new visitor centre – The Wing – opened in March 2015, with events such as Memorial Day – this year planned for 9 July – proving particularly difficult.
Work to solve that problem will involve clearing many of the trees and coppicing others down to just 0.3m above the ground in order to improve them in the long term. The remaining coppiced woodland will be enhanced with additional new tree planting as shown on the architect’s drawing below.
The Trust promises that the coppicing and new planting will result in “a great improvement on the existing poor quality scrub” but admits that in the short term the landscape on the Hunting Lodge side of the site and will look “extremely bare”.
Tree clearance works are due to start on 27 February and should take about a week or so.