Trees moved to create new access route to Burnley College

FUTURE: An artist's impression of the new public walkway at Burnley College (S)
FUTURE: An artist's impression of the new public walkway at Burnley College (S)

A NEW public walkway will create a safe, attractive route between the town centre and the developing area around the new Burnley College and UCLan campus.

Three giant redwood trees planted more than 10 years ago are being moved to a new home in Thursby Gardens next week, paving the way for the new walkway.

TREES: The Redwood trees outside the new Burnley College (S)

TREES: The Redwood trees outside the new Burnley College (S)

The project is part of the Princess Way Public Realm transformation, which will create an attractive gateway to the town with high quality paving, lighting, sculpture and improved access into the town centre.

The trees were planted in 1998 as part of the Forest of Burnley’s Urban Arboretum, which has planted more than 2000 specimen trees in Burnley’s parks and green spaces.

In their native California, they grow to a height of 300ft. and some are known to live for more than 2000 years

Mr Simon Goff, Burnley Borough Council’s head of Green Spaces and Amenities, said: “These redwood trees are still relatively young and we are confident that, with careful transplanting and regular maintenance, the trees will flourish in their new location in Thursby Gardens.”

The improvements to the Princess Way “gateway” are part of a massive planned longer term investment in the area, which includes an education and enterprise park next to the UCLan/Burnley College campus, the Curzon Street shopping complex and potential refurbishment of the Burnley Central railway station.

The work, which started this week, will concentrate on the stretch of Princess Way between the Asda roundabout and Active Way, and Canning Street between its junctions with Princess Way and Active Way.

It is expected to last around 18 weeks and will cause traffic disruption.

A council spokesman said businesses have been informed about the work and every effort will be made to keep disruption to trade and traffic to a minimum.

The work is being funded by contributions from the European Regional Development Fund, Burnley Borough Council, sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, Burnley College and from an agreement with DIY store Homebase.