Pollarding of trees in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 13:27 27 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:27 27 January 2017

The lime trees in Welwyn Garden City before pollarding (photo taken January 2017).

The lime trees in Welwyn Garden City before pollarding (photo taken January 2017).

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Welwyn Hatfield Council is keen to make the public aware of work affecting Welwyn Garden City trees.

How Welwyn Garden City trees will look after pollarding (example photo from previous year).How Welwyn Garden City trees will look after pollarding (example photo from previous year).

The lime trees along Parkway and Howardsgate are to be routinely pruned – or “pollarded” – next month.

The work will begin on Monday, February 6, with no disruption to traffic.

A council spokesman said: “The pollarding process trims back the smaller, newer branches at the top to make sure the trees do not become top heavy or vulnerable in high winds to branches breaking and falling.

“It also helps the trees to grow, prolongs their life, and prevents them from becoming diseased.”

The trees receive this form of management routinely every four or five years – they were last pollarded in 2012.

The scheduled works are not anticipated to last more than about seven or eight working days.

Councillor Helen Bromley, executive member for environment, said: “The trees will look very different after pollarding is completed but in health terms, they will fare much better once they’ve received this important bit of pruning – and will be in full flourish for 2020.”


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