Tree Felling in Priory Wood

6 trees in Priory Wood are to be removed for safety reasons

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Tree Preservation Order

The City Council has issued a Tree Preservation Order that prohibits anyone from cutting down, topping or lopping any of the trees in the designated area. The designated area covers the trees starting at Promenade Gardens where Shorefields Village is on one side and Thistledown Close on the other. Continuing round Glendale Close / Orchid Grove and The Bulrushes, at the edge of Ellerman Road. Then round between Riverside Drive and Floral Wood. Also the trees between Floral Wood and Cottonwood. The preservation order has been issued because “This site was considered for protection back in 1999 but due to staffing issues at the time it was not made. This woodland is considered to be of great amenity value making a valid contribution to the character of the surrounding area. There have recently been several enquiries made relating to the protected status of these trees. Protecting them with a Tree Preservation Order will insure that they will be managed correctly to ensure their long term retention and health” The order took effect on 15th Dec 2009 and will continue on a provisional basis for 6 months or until the council confirms it. Objections can be lodged in writing to the council by 13 Jan...

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Tree Removal from Priory Wood

As you may be aware a major sewer collapsed recently in Priory Wood, just off Riverside Drive. In order for United Utilities to fix the sewer they need to excavate along the western side of priory wood from the recently dug shaft down to Riverside Drive. This excavation will be up to ten metres in depth. Due to the vast amounts of spoil and the size of the plant machinery used the majority of trees in this area will have to be removed. As this is an emergency United Utilities are exempt from applying for consent when cutting down trees to allow repairs to their pipes and other apparatus. The trees will be removed within the next few days and they will have the site inspected beforehand by an ecologist to check for nesting birds. A full replanting scheme is to be submitted to reinstate the site. The stock size used will be whips with the occasional feathered trees. The species will be a mixture of Oak, Beech Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Alder. These will be planted in the area cleared and elsewhere throughout the site to improve the quality of the woodland. Tree & Landscape...

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