One-third of felled trees in Welwyn Garden City car park 'vulnerable to falling without warning'

PUBLISHED: 15:09 05 February 2019

Stanborough Park's trees. Picture: Derek Dewey-Leader

Stanborough Park's trees. Picture: Derek Dewey-Leader

Derek Dewey-Leader

About 100 of the felled trees in Stanborough Park north car park were a greater risk to the public than realised.

Around 300 Lombardy poplars will be felled by WHBC. Picture: supplied by WHBCAround 300 Lombardy poplars will be felled by WHBC. Picture: supplied by WHBC

More than 300 Lombardy poplars have now been removed for safety reasons and will eventually be replaced with other trees.

Welwyn Hatfield councillor Terry Mitchinson told the borough council meeting on Monday: “The council’s contractor has confirmed about one-third of the felled trees showed signs of significant disease and decay which was not visible from external inspection, so these trees were more vulnerable to breaking and falling without warning.”

Treated stumps of the removed trees have been left in the ground to act as a natural barrier for cars parking at the site.

They will be ground out and replaced with “more sustainable” trees next autumn and winter.

All removed trees were wood-chipped for use supporting and repairing pathways, embankments and other areas over coming months.

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