August 11th 2020
A portion of RHS Garden Wisley had previously been under threat by Highways England’s plans to widen the A3 and a petition with 134,000 signatures was signed back in 2018.
Whilst those exact plans were scrapped, they have changed and the RHS have launched a petition to highlight a new threat to some of the garden’s specimen and heritage trees.
The RHS says that the new proposals would mean:
17 Grade II Heritage Trees being cut down
27 trees, including North American redwood species (Sequoia sempervirens) at risk
5 Grade II* Heritage Trees at risk
The risk is stated as affecting the health of the trees by undermining root strength.
In addition to this, the new plans by Highways England involve diverting some visitors to Wisley an extra 7.3 miles per vehicle. The RHS have launched the RHS Alternative Scheme.
For more information/link to the petition, please
3rd February, 2021