Hillview Lodge, Royal United Hospital, Lower Weston, Bath
Within the blanket Tree Protection Order across the entirety of the Royal United Hospital (RUH) site, this area of trees forms part of the original garden setting of Manor House, a Grade II* “early C18 remodelling of a medieval house with late C18 and c1900 alterations” (Historic England). Whilst the garden has been increasingly encroached upon by the development of various hospital buildings associated with the RUH complex, the retained tree planting continues to delineate the original northern boundary of the Manor House’s 19th century parkland gardens.
The removal of infected trees is necessary for the continued health of the other trees on the site. However, we would take this opportunity to encourage the retention and enhancement of the existing tree canopy as part of the historic garden setting of a listed building. Where necessary, it may be prudent to balance tree removal/felling works with the planting of new native specimens.