Easter Trees in Stoneygate

Now that Spring has arrived and the clocks have gone forward. We can admire the glorious sight of trees in the area bursting out with colour. SCAS committte member, Anthony Matthew, has been moved by the season to share some thoughts. One of the things that makes Stoneygate a lovely place for him is the colours and variety. But he also also provides a warning too. We are also grateful for the photographs he took to illustrate this page.

Garden Blossom

Stoneygate is noted for leafiness though at the time of writing only a few trees have put out small green shoots, with the only other foliage being the darker tones of evergreens. Ahead of the leaves there are many trees in full flower, especially magnolias in a range of colours of white to deep pink. Following them a few cherries are also in bloom, with more to follow by the time you read this. Some varieties of plum and apple are starting to blossom, while forsythia and flowering currants are already passing their peak display. The bare branches can also be appreciated with some trees soaring above the houses beside them. In many cases because they were there before the buildings were built. Most of these trees are in gardens but those lining streets make a particularly strong visual impact. A tree-lined street looks a more desirable place to live

Well established and mature mix of trees

In the conservation area a planning application needs to be made if a tree is to be felled or have significant work on it. Every week there are several such applications and only rarely are some refused, so we might fear that over the course of time Stoneygate will become much less leafy. By the time one hears the sound of a chainsaw it is too late to object to a neighbour’s removal of a tree or to check whether permission has been given.

To compensate for these losses trees continue to grow, more are planted in gardens, and some grow spontaneously from seeds carried on the wind or nuts buried by squirrels. That is probably still not enough to make up for the losses as front gardens are converted to car parking and rear gardens reduced by extensions to the house. 

So if we do not want the leafy character of Stoneygate to gradually disappear we could all consider whether we have space in which a tree might be planted or whether it is really necessary to remove one.

Tree lined street scene with mature birches