A number of residents have contacted me recently about the Council’s plans to fell some poplar trees that sit between Church Hill North and the Moons Moat Industrial Estate. To help allay concerns, here is some information that residents might find useful, with thanks to the officers at the Council for providing it.

  • The work is necessary as the trees have outgrown their planting position and, due to their age, are developing weak points and unions within the crowns that represent a risk of structural failures occurring within the crowns.
  • As the trees stand in close proximity to residential properties and a public footpath this in turn means the size and condition of the trees represent a safety risk.
  • The poplars were planted because they grow fast. The idea was they would provide a ‘screen’ between the industrial part of Church Hill and the residential closes nearby.
  • As time progressed, the poplars were supposed to be replaced by species that grew a little slower but would be more long-lasting. This never happened as the poplars were never removed at the right time to allow the other species to break through. Now the poplars dominate.
  • But it’s not too late – removing the poplars, along with some work to the other species in the area will allow the ‘screen’ to re-establish itself relatively quickly.
  • Should it be necessary to plant additional trees to help the situation progress this would be considered later.
  • When removing trees any economic use of the timber will be exploited by the council, but the tops will be left and formed where possible into log piles and rotting piles. These provide habitat for ‘creepy crawlers’ and biodegrades into the soil. Be aware, however, some people don’t like how this looks as it looks like logs have been strewn about the site in an untidy fashion. People will need to remember that what we think looks good isn’t necessary doing good for mother nature.
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The affected area is between Fairford Close and Thornhill Road in Church Hill. The trees and the green space act as a ‘screen’ between the industrial estate and the residential area.

The council does fully appreciate the wildlife habitat value of this type of woodland area, and the benefits it provides to local residents.

Hopefully you can see from the above details that the work is necessary, and how it’s going to be carried out to minimise the impact.

If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch:
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