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Scarborough’s Marine Drive

Many of us will have walked along it between Scarborough’s North and South Bays – the Marine Drive.

This incredible feat of civil engineering took 10 years to construct, from 1897 to 1907, and it opened for traffic in April 1908.

It stretches 2.5 miles from Aquarium Top (beneath the Spa Footbridge) in the South Bay to Peasholm Park in the North Bay. There was a toll to use the drive until 1951.

Royal Albert Drive, the steep road that links the Drive to the cliff top and Queens Parade, opened in 1890, whileForeshore Road on the South Bay was built and opened in 1879.

The Marine Drive is another one of Scarborough’s fascinating landmarks.

Fishermen’s Ganseys

If you live near the coast, then you’ll probably have heard of ‘ganseys’ – a special jumper or ‘guernsey’ worn by fishermen.

This is a hand knitted garment usually in navy blue, made from a special wool.

Each gansey has a different pattern, reflecting where the fisherman came from – this was so they could be identified if the worst happened.

A gansey was usually knitted by the female members of the family and were made without seams, created all in once piece using special needles.

The knitting is also very ‘tight’ so a gansey was weather-proof.

You can see examples of gansey at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre, in Eastborough, Scarborough.

Rare Trees in Scarborough

Visitors to Scarborough (and for those of us that live nearby) will visit Peasholm Park, situated on the north side of the town.
The land on which the park now stands was known as Tuckers Field, and was bought by the local council in 1911.
Borough Engineer Mr Harry Smith had the idea of transforming the site into the Oriental-themed attraction we see today.
Work started on the island and lake in December 1911, and Peahsolm Park had its official opening on 19 June 1912.
The terraced seating was constructed in 1924, the same year as phase two of the park’s development – incorporating Peasholm Glen – commenced.
This was completed by 1932. The famous Naval Warfare was introduced in 1927, while in 1929, the landmark pagoda was built, along with the cascading waterfall beneath it.
As you walk away from the lake, you follow a path through Peasholm Glen and can see some rather impressive trees, which include unusual specimens such as the Red Oak, the Cucumber Tree and Dickson’s Golden Elm.
Find out more here

Tree of the Year 2017 Announced

Following an autumn of voting, this year’s ‘crown’ for Tree of the Year goes to … the Gilwell Oak, Essex!

This amazing specimen is located in the heart of Gilwell Park, in the Epping Forest, and will represent the UK at the European Tree of the Year in 2018.

The oak has historic connections to the Scout movement, reputedly used by its founder, Robert Baden-Powell, as a metaphor for the movement’s growth.

Survival expert Bear Grylls also stated the tree has served as a backdrop to hundreds of Scout courses, which in turn inspired and changed young people’s lives.

This historic tree is also thought to have been a hiding place for Dick Turpin, the famous highwayman, who is thought to have hidden under the tree as he waited to ambush stagecoaches.

The image features some woodland in the Lake District, an area famous for its oak trees.

Find out more about the Gilwell Oak here.

A Beacon for Seafarers in Scarborough

Scarborough’s lighthouse has been a guiding light to sea farers for over 200 years. One of the town’s iconic structures, the building has been bombed, rebuilt and transformed during its lifetime.
Standing on the 18th century Vincent’s Pier, Scarborough’s lighthouse was first constructed sometime between 1801 and 1806 during which a permanent brick structure was built, paid for by levies from the many vessels, which used the port of Scarborough at the time.
The lighthouse was a brick tower with a flat top, surrounded by iron railings. A coal brazier burned on the top platform during the night, while a warning flag was flown during the day.
The warning light was soon replaced by six tallow candles, placed in a circular tin that resided in an oblong-shaped window beneath the flat roof. An on-duty watchman replaced the candles as they burnt out.
In 1818, a copper reflector replaced the circular tin; however, one of the difficulties of this arrangement was the light could be confused with the lights shining from the town itself, behind the lighthouse. Shutters on appropriate windows helped ease this problem.
By 1840, a gas supply had reached the harbour area and the lighthouse. Around this time, a harbour master was also recruited. From 1843, harbour masters and their families lived in specially built premises adjoining the lighthouse tower, in use until 1937.
In the 1840s, the lighthouse tower was heightened by 17ft to make the light more visible to mariners. By now, the gas-fuelled lantern, called the Bude light, gave off a powerful beam. After extortionate gas bills (£60 per annum), it was exchanged for a smaller, four-inch five gaslight burner. A black ball replaced the flag for daytime warning. During long winter nights, two of the five gaslights were light permanently to warn shipping.
Perhaps the most dramatic event for Scarborough lighthouse was the World War One bombardment on 16 December 1914. Around 500 shells were shot into the town, killing 18 Scarborough residents and causing considerable damage throughout the borough.
The lighthouse was badly damaged when a shell clipped the tower and tore a gaping hole through its centre. A shell also damaged the harbour master’s quarters. The damage to the lighthouse was so severe it was pulled down three days later on 19 December.

Surprisingly, the lighthouse existed without its tower until it was reconstructed in late 1931. During the rebuild, a foghorn was added, sounding off a single two-second blast every minute in F-sharp. It was run by electricity, and during World War Two, it doubled up as an air raid warning. The lighthouse lantern changed to white occulting light, again powered by electricity.
In the 1980s, the current lantern room was added to the building. The rest of the tower and its spiral staircase date from the 1931 rebuild.
The last 24-hour lighthouse watch took place in 1997. After this date, the decision was taken to man the lighthouse during the summer months only.


A Tough Time for Trees

It’s the time of year when the wind blows, the snow (might) fall and Jack Frost pays a visit!
Winter can be tough on trees. Branches blown down by winter gales can be dangerous. If it is a very severe storm, some trees can be uprooted, causing damage and even injury. Uprooted trees are more likely to be old ones with roots in waterlogged soil, but as with all tree care, prevention is better than cure, so get the experts in to check.
Snow is a possibility and heavy snowfall as it can weigh on branches, sometimes causing them to break off.
Heavy rain is also bad news for trees. Flooding can sometimes cut off vital oxygen to tree roots, meaning the condition of your trees might be affected the following year.
The team at Simon Hill Tree Surgeon can spot a tree that might be at risk from some or all of the above.

Tree Work in Picturesque Village

Some of our projects involves working with trees situated in the grounds of churches and similar buildings.

This can be demanding work, given the grounds are also a place of rest.

Tree surgery in this type of location is carried out with skill and precision while still showing respect to our surroundings.

One such project is St Laurence’s Church, Scalby, near Scarborough.

Parts of this church dates back to 1180, while its tower was built in the 1680s.

The graveyard and pathways include a number of tree species which are in important aspect of the church’s history.

Local Company Uses Our Skilled Team

An important part of our business is the upkeep of hedges and hedgerows.

These can soon get ‘out of control’ and by leaving them to their own devices, it means more work in the long run.

This impressive hedge along Havers Hill belongs to McCain Foods GB Ltd, one of the biggest local employers.

Our team maintains it with regular skilled cutting.

Please don’t hesitate to ask us about our hedge cutting and maintenance service.

Keeping Up With Your Trees!

We work with a number of local businesses, including one in Seamer village.

It is essential that trees on a business property are kept in good order, even if they aren’t very visible to customers.

We can help with this type of work and advise how best to keep trees healthy.

News and Updates

A commonly asked question is…

“How can I find a trusted Tree Surgeon?”

If you have a tree that requires attention and wish to engage a tree surgeon, we would advise asking friends and family to see if anyone has had any work carried out  recently and enquire if the work was satisfactory. 

Much of our work is from repeat clients and through customer recommendation.

However, other points to note are: 

  • A large advert does not mean a better service.
  • Request and compare local companies for relative quotes.
  • Ensure your tree surgeon has full Public Liability Insurance.
  • Ask to see previous work. A good tree surgeon will be happy to provide details.

Remember the contractor will only be on your property for a short time; you will need to check your trees every day.

Get In Touch

Simon Hill Tree Surgeon offers commercial and domestic tree care reports and free of charge impartial advice. We welcome all enquiries by telephone, email or using the form opposite.

Tel: 07866 369 988



Simon Hill Tree Surgeon

Leighton Close, Crossgates

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

YO12 4LA