Saturday, 30 November 2013

Playground Was More Poplar

The playground in Cuddington Rec looks to be open again after having to be closed due to the danger posed by two huge poplar trees which were damaged during the storm in October.

I was pleased to see the sign on the gate (see below) explaining the situation. All too often we the public are confronted with an odd situation regarding something in the local community without any way of finding out what's behind it. So this simple explanation was very welcome. I would have liked to see a new sign put up, now that the trees had been pruned, just to make it clear that the playground was actually open again. This one did say that once the pruning is completed they can open it again - the trees are all pruned and the locks that had graced the gates are no longer there, so I made the assumption that it was now open. That bit more clarity would have been the icing on the cake but it's a vast improvement on locked gates with no explanation why.

Unfortunately the blog understands that quite a few of the actual notices have been taken, and have had to be replaced several times. Perhaps they have become collectors items, or we will start seeing them in pawn shops or being offered to us by odd strangers in bars late at night... Or perhaps it's just some people not thinking about other members of the community...

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Lord Cynic said...

I believe these trees were on the corner of Bridge Wood, a dense square of woodland which was destroyed to make way for Bridgewood Road and adjoining roads. These few older trees may be the last vestiges of the wood. Maps of the area in David Rymill's book on Worcester Park show a corner of the wood projecting into Cuddington Park at this point. It looks like one of the poplars is unpruned so may survive???

Martin said...

So any plans by the Park Service to replace them by planting some new young trees for future generations to enjoy......when sadly these trees are finally removed?

Guest A said...

I agree with Martin - very sad to see yet more trees being removed from this park. About 6 old oak trees have also been felled in the last couple of years with no replacements. A few small trees have been put in the area prone to flooding (near where the brook goes underground) but it's not enough to take up the excess water all around the park.

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