There’s an update to this page, following the decision not to place a preservation order on the tree.
It is nice being within easy walking distance of the ‘Cultural Quarter’ – even though I don’t think much of the name. After visiting the art gallery, and having a look over the back wall of King’s Manor at the area behind it, I went through the Museum Gardens, and was greeted by this impressive sight – the seating going up in front of the abbey for the 2012 Mystery Plays. Those of us who are fans of the plays performed on wagons will probably wait for them to come round again. But I certainly thought ‘wow’ when I saw this.
There’s a tree in this area that the construction team seemed to be grappling with, and building the stands around. I am a bit of a tree-hugger, but recognise that some trees are more huggable than others. This one – which I’ve just learned is a Cedar Of Lebanon – has always seemed a little out of place. It’s near the front of the Yorkshire Museum, to one side of the building.
It might not be there for much longer, as York Museums Trust have submitted an application to remove it. The reasons are given in the documents on the council’s planning pages. Its roots may damage the sensitive and important archaeological remains connected with the abbey, and it will grow too big, and spoil the important vistas.
Apparently it was planted by the then Duchess of York – Sarah Ferguson – in the 1980s. Anyone know more?