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Horse Chestnut Tree Removal

 

This week Bedford Borough Council will begin work to remove six ailing Horse Chestnut trees from Rothsay Road and Rothsay Place, Bedford.

 

Although the arboriculture team work hard to maintain all the trees that Bedford Borough Council is responsible for, these trees have been declining for several years and are suffering from an infection that is currently affecting a high number of Horse Chestnut trees nationally. The infection causes drying out and death of branches, leading to an increased chance of branch collapse.

 

Of the 35 Horse Chestnut trees in the area, six will require complete removal while 12 trees will require pruning in order to prevent branch collapse. The remaining trees will receive a combination of dead wood removal and pruning of lower branches for the safety of vehicles and pedestrians.

 

Deputy Mayor and Portfolio holder for Environment Councillor Charles Royden said ‘No one in our arboriculture team relishes the removal of these beautiful and historic trees; however, these dead or dying trees present a significant risk to our residents and it is imperative that we make them safe as soon as possible.’

 

After the current works have taken place, the remaining trees will continue to be monitored regularly and replanting of the area will begin. Those that have been removed will be replaced with appropriate trees in order to retain the landscape character of the area.

 

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for over 24,000 trees in parks, streets and green spaces not to mention thousands more in woodland areas and other Council owned land. As well as the existing trees Bedford Borough Council will be planting around 200 news trees across the borough in the coming year.

For more information on Bedford Borough’s green spaces, volunteering and Protected Trees please visit http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

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