Scheduled tree works in Penlee Park

21st January 2022 in Environment, Penlee Park, Services

Don’t worry – we are not cutting down all the trees!

If you’re walking through Penlee Park over the next few weeks you will probably see some people with chainsaws and a chipper – don’t worry, we are not cutting down all the trees!

Why are there scheduled tree works in Penlee Park?

Last year a professional arborist carried out a Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA), and found that a small number needed to be felled or have a crown lift/clearance work. Some of this work is needed due to the health and condition of the trees and help benefit the remaining trees in the park.

What work is being done?

As part of the scheduled tree works in Penlee Park, some trees need what is called a ‘crown lift’ to:

  • encourage natural regeneration
  • reduce the sail weight of a tree
  • remove decaying wood

We also have 9 trees which need to be felled.

Why? –

  • old age
  • some have fungal conditions
  • some Ash trees have Ash Dieback
  • we also have squirrel damage
A tree part-way through felling in Penlee Park

General maintenance of our trees at Penlee Park

To properly manage our trees in the park there are several things which need to be taken into account:

  • the canopy height must be no lower than 3 meters from the ground
  • the trees need to have a clearance of at least 3 meters from power lines and buildings
  • the canopy height over highways must be line with national recommendations

Recycling

As part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan, all the branches (and trees) which are cut down will be recycled – they will be chipped and used by our Gardening Team in the park and at other sites locally.

Branches going through the wood chipper
Fresh wood chippings that will be used in Penlee Park

Want to find out more?

If you’d like to find out more how we manage the trees in Penlee Park contact us today.

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