Worthing seafront palm trees to be replanted

Released: Monday, 19 October 2020

Popular palm trees which were removed due to decay will now be replaced, Worthing Borough Council confirmed today.

Due to the harsh seafront conditions, a series of large cordylines - which have been in Marine Parade since 2002 - were in various states of decline.

At the start of October the Council's parks team removed the trees and planted new low-level vegetation which could thrive in an unsheltered seafront location.

But, after listening to feedback from local people and ward councillors, the Council has taken the decision to replant the tall trees.

A spokesman for Worthing Borough Council said:

“The cordylines have been a popular sight on Worthing seafront for close to 20 years, bringing a real coastal feel to the prom.

“Unfortunately constant exposure to harsh seafront conditions have meant that they have started to deteriorate and die. Our first thought was to remove them and replant the areas with low-level vegetation which would not be damaged by the continual high winds in this unsheltered spot.

“But the public response has been clear that residents value the cordylines. New trees have been ordered and we will look to replace them as soon as we can as part of wider improvements to the promenade.

“We will also continue to regularly monitor their condition to help them thrive in this very challenging climate.”

“The parks team is also looking into ways the low-level planting can be reused in other locations of the town.”

(PR20-125)

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