In January 2019 an assessment of The Hill's Weeping Fig on Riding Lane took place.
As the Cultural and Civic Space project progresses past the schematic design, and embraces the detailed design of the development – we wanted to revisit and reiterate the protection of the large and established fig tree on Riding Lane.
The schematic design developed by BVN Architecture includes the tree as a key design element for the building, and the Project Team will be working closely with a number of development stakeholders to ensure the sound treatment of the tree and its roots throughout the site clearing and development stages.
The tree has been examined by an arborist, is in good health, estimated to be between 70-140 years old, with a predicted lifespan for these kinds of trees exceeding 1000 years.
The arborist believes that managed well, the proposed development has the potential to result in an improvement in the tree’s health and longevity. You can see the complete report on the downloads page.
As more information about the site clearing proves becomes available, we will share this with you across all project communication channels.