Call to trim trees blocking views of Norwich skyline at one of city’s hidden gems

A photograph taken from Kett's Heights overlooking Norwich.

A photograph taken from Kett's Heights overlooking Norwich. - Credit: Friends of Kett's Heights

An artist is calling for people to trim their trees in a bid to preserve the city's skyline.

John Booths sepia watercolour called Norwich from Ketts Heights.

John Booths sepia watercolour called Norwich from Ketts Heights. - Credit: John Booth

While painting one of the most picturesque views in the city, John Booth, from Bracondale, noticed that trees were blocking the view.

Kett's Heights, is a hidden gem, nestled on Kett's Hill it overlooks the cathedral, city hall and St George's Church.

Standing on the hill, you can clearly see the trees growing below in people's gardens, parks and public areas.

Mr Booth said: 'Some people just think trees are wonderful things but if they obstruct the architecture maybe they aren't.


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'The real problem is that anyone can plant a tree and some plant themselves unless they are looked after – such as sycamore trees – they are very large and many people think they are weeds and they are left unattended.

'It is a wonderful view from Kett's Hill and it is becoming more and more obstructed.'

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Mr Booth has drawn the landscape before and this time spent three days creating a sepia watercolour picture. This is when he noticed that he was not able to see the landmarks as clearly as he could in previous years.

Last year an organisation called the Friends of Kett's Heights launched a campaign to restore the site.

Since September 2015 they have been carrying out work in a bid to encourage people to visit - but it is all centred on Kett's Heights itself.

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: 'Kett's Heights has been the focal point of renewed energy which has seen some really positive outcomes.

'Much of this has been thanks to the work of passionate volunteers who have worked hard to improve the area by clearing it and arranging litter picks. These activities have helped to make the natural space more usable as well as enhance the scenery and maintain its links with our local heritage.'

Vicky Manthorpe, from the Norwich Society added: 'We have in the past studied the classic views and bee concerned about some of them – it's something we're aware of culturally – but I can't comment on this one myself without seeing it at the moment.'

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