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Chorleywood community want their trees back

 Published on: 13th March 2019   |   By: Charlie Reynolds   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chorleywood Residents Association (CRA) have become concerned with the removal of several trees along village roads last year. 

Herts County Council are responsible for cutting down the trees down several roads including, Highfield Way, Furze View, Whitelands Avenue and Green Street, because they were diseased.

Owen Edis, chair of CRA, understands the reasoning for felling the trees but is worried as councillor, Phil Williams, has said they will be replaced, but not likely until 2020.

Owen said: “Down Green Street, there are now six trees on the east side of the road but only two left on the opposite side of the road.

“This completely unbalances the former symmetrical layout of the road. Several roads in the village have roads lined with trees, many of which are flowering cherries that are spectacular in the spring.”

To work with the council, CRA have suggested the idea of the community planting the trees and caring for them. 

This has since been discouraged by HCC as the verges are the council’s responsibility and should be maintained and controlled by them.

Owen added: “We understand the strain caused by major budget reductions, so CRA have asked if the community can plant trees and care for them. 

“However, Herts CC have not encouraged this idea as the verges are their responsibility. Often heavy equipment like shredders are needed to deal with pruning.

“Nevertheless, if the original intention of planting these trees was to beautify some of our roads, then they should be properly looked after with an annual inspection and appropriate pruning made.”

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