Residents in Mosslea, Montrave and Phoenix Roads will have seen the council’s notices regarding the proposed tree felling.
We have questioned officers on the necessity for this action. However, we were told that:
“We are intending to remove eight Alder trees and one Cherry tree, in conjunction with the Highways Dept. The trees represent a major trip hazard and are blocking all the drains around them. They are also causing an issue with the ability of the emergency services to access through this area. We will however be planting another nine trees within this planting season. The trees being planted will offer a useful landscape value but will not cause so many problems in the long term. I intend to plant a mixture of Betula utilis ‘jacquemontii’ and Pagoda trees, Sophora japonica.”
We asked whether the tress could be pruned rather than removed. However, the situation is that:
“Alder trees are great trees in the correct location but they were planted with little thought of the future problems, they would cause. They tend to grow fast in most soil conditions and the root growth is very aggressive. In many locations we can manage these trees with a pruning regime but owing to the constrained location and the amount of trees, we would be better off starting again. Unfortunately the problem with the root system is it is only going to get worse as the trees grow. Even if we reduce the trees by some considerable amount, the root problem will come back and the trees will have then lost their amenity value. If we tackle the problem now, it saves having the same problem coming up again in a few years.”