Fourteen mature lime trees are set to be removed as part of a 30-year replanting plan.
The trees would go from the York St John University boundary on Lord Mayor’s Walk.
It is also recommended that 20 young lime trees planted to replace the older ones also get the chop – so the university can start afresh.
The proposal would leave one side of the road bereft of mature trees for some years, until new ones can establish themselves.
York St John says the decision to remove the mature trees was “long and difficult” but would be best in the long run.
York St John has applied to City of York Council for permission to fell the trees, which are in a conservation area.
A report by arborculturalist Jo Ryan says that the current plan is the second phase of a process began in 2009, after it was discovered that previous over-pruning had left the trees with a “limited safe useful life”.
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