Haywards Heath skate park to close while mature oak tree is removed

Haywards Heath skate park in Victoria Park
Haywards Heath skate park in Victoria Park

Haywards Heath skate park will close next month while a mature oak tree is removed, Mid Sussex District Council has said.

A spokesman for the district council said today: “It is with regret that we have taken the difficult decision to remove one of the mature oak trees in Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.

“The work will commence on Monday, December 3, and could take up to three days.

“Due to the location of the tree, between the skate park and the car park, there will be some disruption.

“Unfortunately the skate park will need to be closed during the time the work is taking place (Dec 3–5).”

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The council said several bays of the car park will also be used for heavy equipment needed to carry out the tree removal.

It said the tree has been under investigation for some time.

A spokesman said: “Having now been tested with specialist equipment by a tree consultant it has been confirmed that there is internal decay in the lower basal region and it will certainly decline further.

“Whilst on site, there are three mature oak trees located inside the play area (along the eastern boundary) will have the length and weight of their branches reduced.

“Several oak trees were planted in the park in 2016 and 2017 to provide succession for our ageing population of oaks.

“Additional oak trees will be planted as replacement for the loss of this tree over the next couple of weeks.”