Turkish tree takes root in The Square

TREES at an important public space in town which had to be cut down due to disease are to be replaced before the end of March.

Alder trees were removed from The Square in Harborough at the end of the summer.

This was noticed by reader Michael Nichols who contacted the Mail to enquire about their disappearance.

It was revealed this week that the Alders are to be replaced with Turkish hazel trees.

Turkish hazels, or corylus colurna, are a tree that is native to south-east Europe and southwest Asia, from the Balkans through northern Turkey and onto northern Iran. It is the largest species of hazel which can reach 12 metres high.

The tree is said to be particularly hardy and suited to an urban environment.

District and county councillor Sarah Hill was delighted to hear the trees on The Square are to be replaced.

She said: “They were removed because they were diseased and dead and that was why they went.

“It makes a difference to have trees in The Square.

“They [County Hall] has until the end of March.

“That is the end of the winter tree-planting season.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “We removed a number of dead trees in The Square in late August/early September which will be replaced during this winter’s planting season.

“The trees removed were Alder and they will be replaced with Turkish hazels. There are some of these trees in Harborough already and we believe they will be in-keeping with area.”