RHS Garden Wisley’s Trees are Threatened by new A3 Plans

You may remember back in 2018, the proposed plans for improving the A3/M25 interchange in Surrey were set to result in the compulsory takeover of 10,000sq meters of the RHS Wisley Gardens and the destruction of over 500 important specimen trees, including the treeline, which provides a shelter belt between the busy A3 and the RHS Wisley Trials Field.  Although Highways England’s plans have now changed, the new plans that are being proposed by Highways England are set to destroy 44 ancient trees and cause great concern for the Royal Horticultural Society.

My regular readers and subscribers will know that I am a huge advocate of the Royal Horticultural Society.  I used to work in the Trials Office at Wisley, and I have worked for the RHS at many special events held at RHS Garden Wisley, assisting the RHS and giving gardening advice to visitors.  I publicise many of the Royal Horticultural Society’s events on my website, and I actively encourage my readers to support the Royal Horticultural Society by becoming an RHS member, visiting the RHS’s Gardens, and attending the Royal Horticultural Society’s events throughout the year.

I understand just how devastating the effect this proposal would be to the Royal Horticultural Society – and the impact these changes would have on Wisley Gardens.  This plan cannot be allowed to go ahead. It’s vital that we all work together to show our support of RHS Wisley and persuade Highways England to change their plans, and work to protect RHS Garden Wisley.

The Royal Horticultural Society have started an online petition that the public can sign to reject the proposals for Junction 10 of the A3/M25.  This petition calls on the Secretary of State for Transport to reject the Development Consent Order for Highways England’s proposals for Junction 10 of the A3/M25.  The petition urges the Secretary of State to adopt the alternative scheme advocated by the RHS to protect the local environment and RHS Garden Wisley.

This is the Royal Horticultural Society’s last chance to save their ancient trees from Highway England’s M25/A3 plans, please click here to sign the petition to help protect these important plants.

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One thought on “RHS Garden Wisley’s Trees are Threatened by new A3 Plans

  1. Christine Anders

    August 10, 2020 at 5:20pm

    Do please stop destroying the country side & stop putting in yet more roads & with them an increase in housing & still more traffic.
    RHS Wisley is an absolute treasure in a very populated area & all efforts should be made to protect every acre of its land & surroundings areas from development.

  2. Mr Guy Andrew Leonard & Mrs Mary Alison Leonard

    March 18, 2021 at 10:08am

    Please would it be possible to advise us of the name of the trees ( ? cherries ) that have been planted at entrance of Wisley.
    We are planting a new tree in our churchyard and wondered if it might be suitable.

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      Pumpkin Beth

      March 18, 2021 at 11:22am

      Hello Guy and Mary, the trees at the entrance to RHS Garden Wisley are Prunus x yedoensis. How lovely that you’re planting a tree in your churchyard.
      Best wishes, Beth

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