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Winchelsea's Trees

The treescape of Winchelsea has been decimated in the last few by the loss of many of its mature landmark specimens. None have been replaced. If the trend continues, Winchelsea will become another arid suburban desert.

Some trees have been lost to age. But many have been needlessly sacrificed because residents want to "improve their view". After the 1987 hurricane, at least one surviving tree was cut down in Winchelsea. It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that some residents are actually hostile to trees.

In theory, because Winchelsea is a Conservation Area, its trees should be better protected. However, the local planning authority, Rother District Council, has a very weak tree policy. Only seven trees in Winchelsea have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and obligations to replant are not enforced.

This webpage records the deforestation of Winchelsea in the hope that publicity may halt our local environmental disaster.

Mature horse chestnut, St Thomas's Street: felled after a bough broke off in 2002; not replaced

Mature horse chestnut, St Thomas's Street: felled after a bough broke off in 2002; not replaced

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Tree Preservation Orders in Winchelsea

  • St Giles Close --- all trees within a two-acre site formerly occupied by the Rectory, excluding the area now occupied by Portobello, Hogtrough Lane.
  • The Armoury, Castle Street --- Evergreen oak (Quercus Ilex).
  • Burrin, North Street --- Ash tree.
  • Evens, Rectory Lane --- Ash tree.
  • Station Road --- All trees in a strip of land bounding the western side of Station Road, opposite the Ferryfields Caravan Park, between the junction with the A259 and the sluice.
  • Truncheons, Rectory Lane --- Ash tree in the southwestern corner bordering Monks Walk.
  • North Street --- Ash tree on north side of North Street opposite Turners.