The trees in Bath’s historic Queen Square are under threat. Something – and it’s believed it is dogs – is chewing the trunks and destroying the bark covering. Such damage – if not checked – could introduce disease and kill specimens.
A campaign to get something done is being led by local man Terry Basson who is hoping people who live around this famous Georgian Square – constructed by John Wood the Elder between 1728 and 1736 – will now act as watchdogs to catch the culprits.
He is also hoping B&NES will come up with the cash to properly protect the trees.
There is a saying which applies to Queen Square and to The Circus that – in summer – you cannot see the architecture of father and son John Wood because of the leaves on the trees! It’s a saying with special relevance now says Terry…….
Terry is concerned that unless action is taken soon it will be too late to save some of the trees. There was evidence in Queen Square during our interview of the recent felling of a tree.
Terry told me it had shown evidence of the same sort of bark damage as other specimens in the park.