Two trees which protesters tried to save from being felled are still set to come down – but will be replaced.
Brighton and Hove City Council said today the ash and robinia tree in Western Road are in poor health and could be a danger to pedestrians in the busy shopping area.
The trees, just west of Hampton Road, will be taken down this week and in the autumn to new trees will be planted to replace them.
Ten more trees are due to be planted along the road as part of ongoing works to improve it for pedestrians.
A council spokesman said: “The ash will soon be in danger of falling while the robinia’s roots are being damaged by a steel frame around it, while other roots are lifting and causing a trip hazard.
“These will be replaced with two new trees, approximately three metres in height at the time of planting and in a way that will give them a better chance to mature and thrive for decades to come.”
The new trees will be planted during the autumn and winter planting season, and will be a combination of a disease resistant elm, acer and gleditsia.
I wonder if the existing trees can be replanted elsewhere
What part of ‘the trees are in poor health’ did not compute with you ?
Most trees will survive damage to their roots.
There are more indictors of poor tree health than it’s roots. Whilst it is a shame to see an established tree felled, at least new trees are also being planted with a maintenance plan to ensure they thrive during their initial years.