Decayed lime trees must go

TWO landmark lime trees at Portishead Lake Grounds will have to be felled, after tests showed they are badly decayed. The move follows a survey by a specialist contractor who was bought in by North Somerset Council after one of the trees on Beach Road Wes

TWO landmark lime trees at Portishead Lake Grounds will have to be felled, after tests showed they are badly decayed.The move follows a survey by a specialist contractor who was bought in by North Somerset Council after one of the trees on Beach Road West collapsed in high winds.Thermal imaging equipment was used to carry out the survey, which shows cool areas where the tree is decayed.The results show that two of the lime trees have extensive decay and have to be felled.The trees alongside Beach Road West were heavily pruned 30 years ago and decay has now spread at the pruning points of nine of these trees.They will be repruned together with the rest of the trees in the road as there is an increased risk that they will be more exposed to damaging winds.Seven trees at Lake Road also need attention and will be pruned.North Somerset Council's executive member for environment, Cllr Deborah Yamanaka said: "This work should ensure the health of the remaining trees."The trees are about 100 years old and provide important benefits to the landscape."It will also allay any safety concerns that nearby residents may have."The work, due to start this week at a cost of £7,000, is expected to start this week and continue for three weeks.


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