200 Trees To Be Chopped

More than 200 trees will be chopped down in a park in Peterborough as part of a review of tree safety across the city.

200 Trees in park to be chopped down

More than 200 trees are due to be chopped down in Peterborough Credit: ITV Central

More than 200 trees will be chopped down in a park in Peterborough as part of a review of tree safety across the city.

The council say the work was already due to go ahead, before the death of a teenager who was hit by a falling branch in a nearby park last year.

13-year-old Sophie Howard died after being hit by a falling branch Credit: ITV Central

200 trees might sound like a lot, but the city council says it is only ten per cent of the total number in Bretton Park, Peterborough.

They are being felled as part of a survey of the health and safety of trees around the city.

(Left) Edward Hamilton Tree Services Manager Gavin Elsey, Peterborough City Council Credit: ITV Central

"We're using a visual tree assessment approach which is a standard approach for assesing all tree works. Where required we're using a detailed inspection approach using decay detection equipment to identify the requirement for those works.

"And in a park like Bretton Park what we're really doing is trying to ensure that we maintain the best stock we can." - Edward Hamilton Tree Services Manager

The cull of trees is yet to start and new ones will be planted Credit: ITV Central

In June last year 13-year-old Sophie Howard died after being hit by a falling branch at the recreation ground in Yaxley near Peterborough. But the city council says its review of the trees was not prompted by that accident.

The council say they have a duty of care to the people of Peterborough Credit: ITV Central

"We're in a situation where we have a duty of care to the people who live in Peterborough. We have to understand what our tree stock is and what condition it is in.

"And we have to make sure that we're doing the best in the public interest to make sure its a healthy and happy environment for people to live in." Gavin Elsey, Peterborough City Council

The cull of trees is yet to start and new ones will be planted.

But because the trees being removed are unhealthy and underdeveloped it is hoped people using the park will hardly notice.

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