Italian Gardens trees dying and to be ‘nurtured over the summer’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 May 2018

Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.

Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.

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Recently-planted trees in Weston’s Italian Gardens are dying, as the costly revamp of the square becomes subject to more scrutiny.

Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.

Some pine trees in the gardens are struggling to take hold, leaving them with brown leaves and in need of ‘nurturing’ – prompting criticism on social media.

The square was revamped last year after North Somerset Council secured a £2.48million grant from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, with ‘continental-style’ paving laid and new greenery planted.

Last week the Mercury revealed the cost of the scheme has risen to almost £3million, and the council had to ask for more funding.

A council spokesman said: “We chose to plant pine trees as we think they’ll enhance and suit the area.

Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.Poorly looking trees in the Italian Gardens.

“Pines can be a difficult species to establish. Some of the trees are having a few issues so we’ll be nurturing and monitoring them over the summer, and we’ll review the situation in the autumn.”

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