Trentham Estate park to be replanted with native trees

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Parkland in north Staffordshire is to be restored to its former 18th Century glory with the planting of around 10,000 trees.

The north park was a key feature of the Trentham Estate, which was owned by the Duke of Sutherland's family until 1979.

A coniferous forest of pine trees that was planted about 50 years ago as a commercial crop will be removed.

Native species including Sessile oaks will be planted using the original designs for the park as a guide.

The park was designed by Charles Bridgeman and Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the 18th Century.

Alan Taylor, from English Heritage, said: "English Heritage are pleased to support this major improvement to the historic landscape."

The first stage of work will start on Monday and access through the north park will be temporarily restricted to the public footpath as the conifer trees are cleared.

The 725-acre site is owned by St Modwen Properties PLC and Willi Reitz, a German leisure entrepreneur.

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