Friday 17 February 2023
Last year 19 trees were removed from the PEH campus to facilitate the new Critical Care Unit extension as part of Phase 1 of the Hospital Modernisation Programme which commenced in 2022. 17 trees were removed from outside Ozanne Ward and the Day Patient Unit and 2 trees in an internal courtyard which has been since been filled in.
To mitigate the loss of these trees, 25 trees are being planted on the Fort Road field this Friday (17 February 2023).
Jan Coleman, Director of Hospital Modernisation said:
'It is always regrettable when trees must be removed to facilitate a building programme. We are really pleased that we are now able to mitigate the loss of the 19 trees that were removed from the PEH site with 25 new trees being planted on the Fort Road field.
I am delighted that staff involved in the development of the new critical care unit can be involved in the replanting of these trees.'
Dan Taylor, Projects Director, Rihoy & Son said:
'As a responsible contractor, we work with clients to consider all viable options to replace trees and other planting when carrying out building works. We are delighted that the 19 trees that had to be removed are now being replaced.'
Andy McCutcheon, Principal Environment Services Manager said:
'When considering the impact of construction works, we like to liaise with all parties to ensure that trees are not removed unnecessarily and that all viable alternatives are considered.
In the case of the works taking place at the PEH the only viable alternative was to replant and replace the trees in a different location.
This is the perfect time to plant these new specimens on the Fort Road field for people enjoy for years to come.'