ECC & DCC NEWS
Any tree related news or information that is linked to either Exeter or Devon County Council can be found on this page. I have also included any related news posted by the East Devon District Council.
13/03/2020 DCC - Ash dieback infected trees near Bickleigh to be felled. Almost 200 Ash dieback infected trees in Mid Devon will be felled later this month (March). Devon County Council has identified 190 infected trees in the Bickleigh area that need to be removed for safety reasons.
12/03/2020 ECC - Get active in Exeter's Valley Parks. The sessions in Mincinglake Valley Park are run by Exe Nordic Walking and funded by the Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) project. Mincinglake is one of six Valley Parks owned by the City Council and managed by Devon Wildlife Trust.
10/03/2020 ECC - Community woodland planting completed by councillors. The councillors were helping to create a community woodland for local residents to enjoy. A total of 2,000 trees have been planted as part of the Monkerton Ridge Plan.
06/03/2020 ECC - City Council stresses the importance of its open green spaces. Green spaces are “absolutely vital” to Exeter, the City Council has declared, and the local authority will do everything possible to protect them.
05/03/2020 - Spring comes to Exeter's Valley Parks. Exeter’s Valley Parks are starting to show signs that spring is upon us, despite the wet weather. Spring flowers are starting to bloom and green shoots appear on trees and shrubs.
04/03/2020 - Proposals to enhance green space at Northbrook set for public consultation. Planting more trees and creating a community orchard are just two suggestions for the future use of a former pitch and putt golf course in Exeter. Last year the City Council decided to close the golf course, which had low visitor numbers. It quickly stressed that it had no plans to sell the site or build houses on it.
02/03/2020 - Volunteers help create community woodland. Big-hearted volunteers have been helping to create a community woodland in Exeter. The volunteers were planting 2,000 trees as part of the Monkerton Ridge Plan in Pinhoe. The woodland creation site was recently adopted by from a developer in order to provide green space for the local community. I helped out for a couple of hours.
02/03/2020 - Ludwell Valley Park community clear up. A community clear up in the Ludwell Valley Park has been hailed a success by organisers. Around 20 people braved the showers to help rediscover the bulbs and tree saplings planted in the area two years ago, and which were covered in brambles and weeds.
28/02/2020 - Creating a community woodland in Exeter. Volunteers will be planting a community woodland in Exeter this weekend. The planting was started off by Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management, Cllr David Harvey.
20/02/2020 - More trees being planted in Exeter. A total of 450 trees were planted in Ludwell Valley Park by volunteers as part of the ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes’ initiative. The project, which is backed by Devon Wildlife Trust, who managed Exeter City Council’s six valley parks, aims to stimulate action by replacing trees lost to ash dieback disease, outside woodlands, both in the countryside and in towns and cities.
20/02/2020 - Volunteers needed to help plant community woodland. People are being invited to help plant a community woodland in Exeter. Around 20 volunteers are needed to help plant 2,000 trees as part of the Monkerton Ridge Plan.
18/02/2020 - Storm clear-up costs expected to rise. The repair and clear-up bill from Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara is expected to cost at least £200,000, according to early estimates from Devon County Council.
18/02/2020 ECC - Leader Column: plans for Northbrook reaffirm our commitment to open spaces. Exeter City Council will be working with the Devon Wildlife Trust, which is a great institution, on plans to create something very special at this site. They are the experts and we can trust them to get the most out of this community asset.
17/02/2020 DCC - Clear-up underway after Storm Dennis. Highways teams have been flat out over the weekend dealing with issues thrown up by the latest winter storm. Crews are out clearing trees, landslips and debris from roads, as well as clearing gullies and drains.
14/02/2020 DCC - Devon braced for Storm Dennis. Devon is bracing itself for another weekend of stormy conditions with the arrival of Storm Dennis this weekend (Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February). Devon County Council is again urging people to take extra care when travelling on the county’s roads.
11/02/2020 - EDDC - Community tree planting success for ‘Cranbrook Canopy’. Around 40 volunteers of all ages joined East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council to plant new native woodland, including 250 oak trees, at Cranbrook Country Park in the heart of the Clyst Valley.
11/02/2020 ECC - Sixty new council homes to be built in Exeter with more to follow. Planning permission has been granted for 92 flats at Vaughan Road. Sixty will be council homes, with 32 available on the open market. All the homes will be built to energy efficient standards and will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom properties for both individuals, couples and families. To make way for the new development the existing 15+ mature trees will be felled. Have something to say about this news? Please use the Blog.
10/02/2020 ECC - Storm Ciara tree damage. ECC staff have been out working across the city after Storm Ciara caused damage to several trees which needed removal for safety reasons.
10/02/2020 DCC - Highways teams dealing with Storm Ciara aftermath. The county was battered throughout yesterday, with winds speeds reaching around 75mph, causing numerous trees to come down. Extra highways crews turned out to deal with reports of more than 60 fallen trees and branches across the county.
29/01/2020 ECC - Community comes together to plant tree in much-loved park. A tree planting event brought members of the community together in a popular park in Exeter. The charity donated the tree to the City Council-run park to make it even greener and remind people about the work they are carrying out in Ethiopia. The tree was planted in memory of the late John Rainger who supported the charity.
28/01/2020 ECC - Popular park set to get community hub. Park users in Heavitree will soon be able to grab a coffee and a cake while on the go, thanks to a grant from Exeter City Council. Community charity Park Life Heavitree is building a café and community facility in Heavitree Pleasure Ground. The café will offer affordable, locally-sourced food and drink and the building will include toilets and a community space that will be able to be hired by local groups.
17/01/2020 ECC - Gusty conditions keep tree teams busy in Exeter. High winds and driving rain have kept workers at Exeter City Council busy this week, dealing with a number of fallen trees. A willow tree came crashing down at Salmonpool, behind Isca College on Thursday afternoon, blocking the footpath. Workers from the Council’s Parks & Open Space team attended and were able to clear the path within an hour, ensuring walkers and cyclists could continue with their journeys.
10/01/2020 ECC - Tree planting set to raise awareness of climate change. A tree is to be planted in an Exeter park to raise awareness of climate change and deforestation in Africa. Local charity Exeter Ethiopia Link will plant the tree in Belmont Park on Saturday 18 January. The charity has donated the tree to the City Council-run park to make it even greener and remind people about the work they are carrying out in Ethiopia.
08/01/2020 ECC - Tree vandalism – public urged to report cases to police. Officers believe the damage, which was probably carried out in early January or over the Christmas period, may have been caused by a dog. There have been cases nationally where dogs have been encouraged to attack trees to strengthen their jaws and jumping ability. The tree was so badly damaged, officers feel it may not be able to survive.
23/12/2019 ECC - Play equipment delivered in time for Christmas. The play equipment in Belmont Park has been installed by Ministry of Play on behalf of Exeter City for the Friends of Belmont Park. It has been completed in time for the school holidays. Friends of Belmont Park helped fund the equipment thanks to a grant from Exeter City Council.
09/12/2019 ECC - We're committed to planting more trees across Exeter. More and more trees are being planted across Exeter, as we strive to increase the canopy cover across the city. The latest place to benefit from a new tree was Legion Way in Alphington, where a Magnolia tree was planted this week. The tree will provide deep pink/purple flowers in late spring.
06/12/2019 - New kit helping city to become carbon neutral. Parks staff in Exeter are doing their bit for the planet – moving away from traditional petrol-driven equipment and helping to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
29/11/2019 - Safety concerns prompt felling of a diseased tree. A large copper beech tree colonised by giant polypore fungus will have to be felled in Exeter because of safety concerns. The mature tree in Caroline Avenue, Newcourt, was once within the grounds of Newcourt House but is now part of the local housing estate. The tree was felled on the 11th of December 2019. Have something to say about this tree? Please use the Blog.
20/11/2019 - Hard lines - a look at how the Council prepares its pitches for the weekend. Preparing Exeter’s public football and rugby pitches for the weekend’s action is a huge undertaking, with some 7-8 miles of lines having to be marked up every week. The City Council has four staff marking the lines every week during the football and rugby season, with one cutting the grass every ten days. A full-size pitch requires 570 yards of lines to be painted, while a youth pitch is 400 and a mini pitch 140.
12/11/2019 - Leave it to the leaf sweeping teams in Exeter this Autumn. Leaf sweeping teams in Exeter are set to collect around 250 tonnes of leaves from the roads and pavements this autumn and that’s the weight of a blue whale! As well as the 381km of public highway, the Public and Green Space teams from the City Council also collect from the parks and open spaces across Exeter, keeping paths both slip free and leaf free over autumn.
07/11/2019 - Autumn paints a golden glow on Exeter’s Valley Parks. Exeter’s Valley Parks are looking glorious this time of year as Autumn paints a golden glow over the city’s green lungs. Owned by the City Council and newly managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, the Valley Parks are the perfect place to unwind with a leisurely stroll, wildlife ramble, jog or cycle.
18/10/2019 - Alternative methods of controlling weeds in the city to be trialled. Alternative methods of controlling weeds in the city are to be trialled following concerns about glyphosate. The Council is joining a select band of local authorities to take action after concerns were raised about the potential effects on health and the environment.
19/09/2019 - Play time at Pinhoe! A newly refurbished play area that includes fully accessible equipment has been officially opened in Exeter. The new play area provides a challenging and enjoyable mix of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. Along with the traditional favourites of swings and see-saws, there are two split-level play towers designed for toddlers and juniors, a challenging 4.1m high mizzenmast climbing net, buddy board rocker and giant rope swing designed for groups of children to use together.
03/09/2019 - Exciting new play area is up and running. The play area in Pinhoe Station Road has benefited from a £110k makeover funded by developer contributions from a nearby housing development. The facility was rebuilt after locals were asked what sort of play equipment they would like to see introduced.
27/08/2019 - Make Exeter bloom brighter by backing wildflower scheme. Devon Wildlife Trust has launched a Blooming Wild Devon Crowdfunder scheme to create more wildflower meadows across the county. In Exeter the Trust are joining up with the City Council to further enhance the displays of wildflowers that have been bursting with colour on roadside verges, roundabouts and open spaces.
16/08/2019 - Play park at King George V Playing Field has been reopened. The play area at King George V Playing Field was recently closed following an unauthorised encampment at the site. The encampment ended last week and a major clean-up of the area was quickly completed by council staff.
14/08/2019 - Rare European Swallowtail butterfly spotted in Exeter park. A beautiful European Swallowtail butterfly was recently spotted and photographed by a council worker in Rougemont Gardens. Andrew Thomas spotted the butterfly on a Mulberry tree.
13/08/2019 - Play area at King George V Playing Field remains closed. The play area at King George V Playing Field was closed after an unauthorised encampment at the site. But on inspection a number of items at the play area were identified as being in need of repair, including a damaged gate at the entrance.
08/08/2019 - Clean up operation underway after encampment at city playing field ends. Council staff are clearing up mess left at a city playing field after an unauthorised encampment ended early on Thursday morning. Police attended King George V Playing Field in Countess Wear at around 7am to assist in the eviction of a group who had occupied part of the site with around 10 vehicles since the end of last week.
07/08/2019 - Attempts to evict an unauthorised encampment at playing field continue. A children's play park remains closed while the council continues its efforts to evict those taking part in an unauthorised encampment at King George V Playing Field at Countess Wear.
05/08/2019 - Unauthorised encampment at city playing fields. Legal proceedings are underway to evict a group taking part in an unauthorised encampment at playing fields in Exeter.
17/07/2019 - Leader to reconsider sale of land at back of former sports centre. The leader of the council is calling for green open space behind the former Clifton Hill Sports Centre to be saved from redevelopment. Cllr Phil Bialyk is reviewing the decision to sell the green space destined for housing at the back of centre.
12/07/2019 - New Riverside sculptures to provide habitat for insects. Striking new wooden sculptures inspired by the insect world have started to land on the banks of the River Exe in Exeter. The sculptures have been made from Cornish oak by local sculptor James Bond who grew up close to the River Exe.
01/07/2019 - No plans to sell land at Bull Meadow Park, Council reveals. A proposal to sell part of a city park to create access for vehicles at a proposed new housing development is set to be ruled out by the City Council.
28/06/2019 - Future of Valley Parks assured as wildlife trust take over their management. In a partnership that safeguards the Parks for years to come, the City Council has passed over the everyday management of the six green spaces to the charity, Devon Wildlife Trust.
25/06/2019 - New play area refurbishment gets underway. The new play area has been designed to provide a challenging and enjoyable mix of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. Along with the traditional favourites of swings and see-saws, there will be two split-level play towers designed for toddlers and juniors, a challenging 4.1m high mizzenmast climbing net, buddy board rocker and giant rope swing designed for groups of children to use together.
19/06/2019 - Go wild in the city as Exeter breaks out in colourful display. Wild flower seed has been sown alongside roadsides, in parks, on roundabout and in key gateways to the city. Many of the sites now self-generate, meaning they don’t need to be sown every year.
18/06/2019 - Mapping the city's trees. Volunteers are being sought to help map Exeter’s tree canopy. Volunteers who get involved with the project will be given full training and equipment to go about their task of mapping the city’s tree canopy.
11/06/2019 - Station Road Play Area set for £110k makeover. Work has started on the £110k refurbishment of a play area in Exeter. Work is hoped to be completed by the summer holidays but is weather dependent.
03/06/2019 - No plans to sell or build on Exeter’s Northbrook golf course. Exeter’s new Council Leader has confirmed there are no plans to sell or build on a popular open green space close to the city centre. The future of Northbrook Approach Golf Course, off Topsham Road, was raised in the council’s recent Draft Built Facilities report.
30/05/2019 - Park Yoga at Heavitree. Park Yoga comes to the brand new location of Heavitree Pleasure Ground this June. Following the success of Park Yoga in various locations across the South West over the last 2 years, organisers have decided to expand and open a new location in Exeter.
28/05/2019 - Attack on trees angers councillor. Four lime trees and a pine at the area of open space in Well Oak Park near the Royal Exeter & Devon Hospital, were deliberately stripped of bark using a handsaw and hatchet.
17/05/2019 - Splashdown! Fun Water Parks Open. The Splash Pad at St Thomas Pleasure Ground opened today and the paddling pools at Heavitree Pleasure Ground will be open tomorrow (Saturday) and will stay open for the summer. All that’s needed now is a good spell of sunny weather like last summer, when thousands of youngsters had a splashing good time.
24/04/2019 - Have your say on play facilities in Exeter. People in Exeter are being given an opportunity to have their say on play parks around the city. The City Council is holding a number of listening events in communities around Exeter next week and is keen for as many people as possible to turn up and have their say.
19/04/2019 - Get set for family fun as Exeter Festival unveils its Funday in the Park. Exeter Festival Funday in the Park is to feature a day of entertainment and activity for all the family in Northernhay Gardens. From 12pm to 4pm, there will be a free four-hour programme of demonstrations on the stage, delivered by Legacy Leisure and dance company Capoeira Libertacao. There’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the fun.
01/04/2019 - Skate Jam set for Saturday. Skatepark users will be out in force on Saturday as Exeter’s newest facility – Exeter Arena Skatepark – holds an Opening Jam event. The event will feature music, pro-rider demonstrations and competitions for all ages and abilities - scoot, skate and BMX – with lots of great prizes and giveaways.
12/03/2019 - Tree felled in Pinces Gardens after becoming dangerous. A large Lawson Cypress tree in Pinces Gardens, St Thomas, has had to be felled after it became a high risk to public safety and property. Tree officers became concerned when they saw the roots of the tree lifting the ground around it during high winds.
20/02/2019 - Have your say on new play park equipment for Pinhoe. People are being invited to have their say on exciting new plans to upgrade play equipment at Pinhoe Station Road. Plans for the Play Area include new swings, roundabouts, slides and other equipment, as well as new seating and bike racks.
12/02/2019 - Wild flowers set to bloom again in Exeter. Wild flowers are set to bloom across Exeter again this summer as the City Council confirmed its commitment to the Wild City project, working alongside Devon Wildlife Trust to keep our roadside verges and roundabouts looking pretty and helping save our threatened insect population.
12/02/2019 - Expanding Exeter's Green Lungs. Exeter’s much-loved green spaces have increased in size over recent months, with the City Council buying up 13 acres of privately owned land for the people of Exeter to enjoy for recreational purposes.
01/02/2019 - Play park equipment bonus for Exeter. Youngsters in Exeter are set to get an unexpected bonus of new play park equipment, Exeter City Council has announced. The play equipment will be installed at 11 sites across the city over the coming months. The fun gear will suit a range of ages from toddlers through to young teens.
14/01/2019 - Ten thousand trees planted in Exeter since the year 2000. More than 10,000 trees have been planted in Exeter since the year 2000, the City Council has revealed. Many of the trees were planted across the city as part of the Council’s Urban Woodland project but others have been introduced into parks and open spaces over the years.
11/12/2018 - Vandalised tree replaced in St Thomas. A flowering cherry tree has been planted by the Lord Mayor of Exeter to replace a previous tree that was vandalised. The hybrid accolade flowering cherry was planted by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Rob Hannaford, at Sanford Place in St Thomas. In the spring it will produce pink cherry blossom.
10/12/2018 - Skaters in Exeter get early Christmas present. The new facility at Arena Park was opened today (Monday 10 December) by Exeter City Council. It contains ramps, quarterpipes, flatbanks, ledges and rails. The plaza style design also features a viewing/seating area overlooking all the action.
07/12/2018 - Damaged Norway maple tree to be felled as it represents a danger to public. A mature tree off Beacon Lane will regrettably have to be felled, the City Council has announced, after an inspection revealed that the tree represents a potential danger to the public. Two trees will be planted at the site as a replacement for the loss.
28/11/2018 - Oak trees planted in memory of Joan and David Morrish. Oak trees have been planted in memory of two former long-standing Exeter City Councillors. The City Council wanted to provide a lasting and living memory of the couple by planting a pair of oak trees in Heavitree Pleasure Ground, a park they were very familiar with, which is situated within David’s former ward.
28/11/2018 - Vision for city centre redevelopment backed. A new vision for a £300m redevelopment in Exeter city centre has been backed by councillors. Members of the City Council’s Leisure Complex and Bus Station Programme Board approved the vision for the redevelopment at the bus station site.
14/11/2018 - Public safety a top priority when assessing damaged trees. The tree was damaged in a recent storm and closer inspection has revealed numerous areas of scarring and decay over the years. The main stem and primary branch framework that supports the crown is extensively decayed. The Council was responding to calls for a mature oak situated next to the tennis courts at Cowick Barton Playing Fields, not to be monolithed (cut back to six to eight metre stump).
02/11/2018 - New Skate Park Progressing Well. Work is progressing on a new skate park for Exeter. The new facility at Arena Park is expected to be ready by Christmas. The design of the park has been chosen by a group of local pro skaters working to a design brief heavily influenced by the local skating community.
11/09/2018 - Serving up tennis for free in Exeter. People are being encouraged to play tennis for free on newly refurbished courts in Exeter. Special ‘turn up and play’ sessions have been organised on courts at Cowick Barton Playing Fields, with free tuition from a qualified coach thrown in for good measure.
10/09/2018 - New skate park work begins. Work has begun on a new skate park for Exeter. Diggers moved on to the site at Arena Park today and the new facility is expected to be ready by Christmas.