Tree felling in Welwyn Garden City to start next week

THE felling of disease-ridden trees in the heart of WGC will take place next week.

Five horse chestnut trees in Parkway, along with seven more in Hatfield Hyde cemetery off Hollybush Lane, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As previously reported in the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the horse chestnut trees are a vital part of the iconic vista of the town, but due to a bacterial infection – Pseudomonas syringae – they cannot be saved.

Welwyn Hatfield Council tree officers have been in regular contact with the Forestry Commission about the best method of treatment, however no successful treatment has been found.

It is feared falling branches could injure pedestrians, drivers and visitors to the cemetery.

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A replanting scheme at the cemetery will begin once the felling is completed.

There are no current plans for replanting in Parkway as council officers intend to retain the mature avenue of trees.

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