Council responds to Potters Bar tree chopping concerns

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 March 2017

Hertfordshire County Council has responded to concerns over its Potters Bar tree felling plans

Hertfordshire County Council has responded to concerns over its Potters Bar tree felling plans

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Hertfordshire County Council has responded to concerns over its plan to fell 277 trees in Potters Bar.

The council had announced it would fell trees in around 50 roads, as they had become dangerous to motorists because they were dead, dying or diseased.

This week Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden urged the authority to replace the trees on a like-for-like basis – rather than one-for-one – to ensure the local environment is maintained long-term.

A Hertfordshire County Council spokesperson said: “We are replacing nearly all felled trees in Potters Bar with a more reliable and resilient species of the same tree.

“The only species of trees that will not be replaced on a “like-for-like” basis are Pissard Plums or ornamental fruit trees. These species of trees only have an average life span of 30 to 40 years and will be replanted as cherry trees, which have a longer life span.

“Our experts have assessed that these species will fit into the local environment and offer the same visual appeal as the previous trees.”


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