March 14, 2011
residents left stumped by council's 'tree butchering'
in part of Burnham-On-Sea have this week hit out at the district
council for 'butchering' scores of trees - even though the council
has defended its work as 'good arboricultural practice'.
residents living around Worston Lane have contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com
after Sedgemoor's tree cutting team cut back a line of roadside
trees to unsightly stumps.
of a few minutes trimming, the council's tree specialists have
chopped the trees to stumps, making it look like the day after
some dreadful forest fire," said one resident.
"I have complained directly to the council and they have
basically told us that 'tough, it's our trees and we can do what
But Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The trees belong to Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor
carries out the work on their behalf with qualified tree surgeons."
is recognised good arboricultural practice to pollard the trees
on a three-to-five year cycle to maintain good tree health and
growth. Now is the time of year to do this type of work."
"Last year, there were complaints from local residents about
pollen from trees on the cars. Within the next couple of weeks,
there will be green shoots on the pollarded trees. By the end
of the summer, there will be between 3 and 5 feet growth on the
top, before and after photos of the trees in Worston Lane and,
above, the council tree experts at work