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Royal Parks, Trees (Standing Committee)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 13 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Works what further steps he proposes to take in connection with the felling and planting of trees in the Royal Parks

As I told the hon. Member last July, before starting to fell and replant trees in Kensington Gardens I was taking expert advice and as I said in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Lancaster (Mr. F. Maclean) on 26th January I obtained advice from Kew, Oxford and Edinburgh as well as my own expert staff. Further decisions on trees in the Royal Parks will be required. I am satisfied that this important matter must be constantly studied. The advice of experts will be more frequently needed and I am anxious to ensure continuity of policy.I have, therefore, appointed a Standing Committee to advise me on policy and on special problems of felling and planting. I have been fortunate to secure the services of the following:Sir William Taylor (


Members: Mr. R. C. B. Gardner, Lord Hurcomb, Mr. A. D. C. LeSueur, Mr. J. Macdonald, Sir Edward Salisbury.


Sir William Taylor, C.B.E.; Former Forestry Commissioner and Director General of the Forestry Commission. Member of the Nature Conservancy and other bodies.
Mr. R. C. B. Gardner; Secretary of the Royal Forestry Society for England and Wales.
Lord Hurcomb; Member of the Nature Conservancy. Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Bird (Life in the Royal Parks.
Mr. A. D. C. LeSueur, O.B.E., F.R.I.C.S.; Consultant on arboriculture.
Mr. J. Macdonald, C.B.E.; Director of Research and Education, Forestry Commission.
Sir Edward Salisbury, C.B.E., D.S.C.; Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.