Tree suggestion in New Local Playground

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Catherine Silke asked 7 years ago
I am part of a committee completing planting in a new Local Childrens’ Playground.The playground is an enclosed area (approx 800m2) with mostly tarmac and rubber safety surfacing. We have a circuit bench which will have a tree planted in the centre. What tree would you recommend? We would like a feature tree, with a good canopy and autumnal colour. See dimensions of circuit bench attached.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
To stand up clear of the seat, a standard tree, having a stem to 1.8m, is needed.

Suitable kinds include the fastigiate hornbeam, Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’, which is deciduous with good autumn colour; or the ornamental pear, Pyrus ‘Chancticleer’ with flowers in spring and good autumn colour, or evergreen oak, Quercus ilex, which is evergreen.