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Council act to bring down ailing tree

Published on Thursday, 9th December 2021

The Borough Council has cut down an infected oak tree to protect local people - and has planted new ones in its place


Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are planting new trees at Chaucer Drive open space – as a ailing tree is felled due to decay.

The council have called in contractors to fell the old oak tree in a public area, to help keep people safe.

The decay was discovered as a result of routine inspections in the Galley Common area. A large oak tree has been found to have several issues with it, including Ganoderma, which is a root decay fungus.

The decline in the tree’s health has got to a point where removal is the safest option, as the decay in the tree is causing it to become unstable. 

As the tree is in a public open space and near to play equipment the council has decided that felling is the best option.

To mitigate for the loss of this tree the council will be planting several others in suitable locations on the public open space.

Conservation volunteers, local residents who work with the council to help maintain the local environment, have been involved in the work, and will help plant the new trees in the New Year.

Explained portfolio holder for health and environment Cllr Julian Gutteridge: “The safety of the local environment has to be our first priority, so when we assessed this tree it was clear what action we needed to take.

“It is a sad duty that brings down the tree, but we hope the new specimens will get the chance to flourish and help continue to make the Chaucer Drive area a great place to live.

“We are very grateful to our conservation volunteers who give their time to support their local environment, and it is great we will have their support with the planting we are going to do.”