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Important tree felling work to begin in Skegness

September 30, 2021

Vine Walk - Ash TreeImportant tree works are due to begin at Coronation Walk and Vine Walk woodlands in Skegness from October 2021 due to a serious fungal disease. This disease is wind spread and is expected to kill the majority of the ash trees in Britain and is called 'Ash Dieback'. 

A tree survey has recently been carried out to determine the condition of all trees in this area and sadly we now have to remove the affected trees close to houses, paths and where they pose a risk to public safety. At the moment we expect work to take about 4 weeks and be carried out between October 2021 and February 2022. We will update this information once the ecologist and the electricity network provider have completed their surveys, and contractors have been chosen to carry out the tree felling.

To minimise disruption we are erecting some signage around the woodland area to notify the visitors of the works taking place and to advise that we may need to temporarily close paths on these woodland areas whilst we work.

Councillor Martin Foster, Portfolio Holder for Operational Services, said: "Following the thorough surveys carried out, I am pleased that the necessary work will begin next month. Sadly, there is a need for some trees to be felled, which we would always try to avoid, however, when a tree is known to be dying or dangerous, we must take the appropriate action in order to keep residents safe.

"Please be assured that our teams have worked closely with ecologists to survey the woodland for bats and their roosts, and have taken their advice to ensure they are appropriately protected.  The work will take place outside the main bird breeding season so we don't envisage harm to birds or their nests.

"Carrying out these works in partnership with the land owners Skegness Town Council we will work together to ensure the works identified are carried out and our residents are kept well informed from start to finish."

Steve Larner, Town Clerk at Skegness Town Council, said: "Since the transfer of the Walks and Beresford field in 2019, Skegness Town Council has been working closely with East Lindsey District Council to ensure the problems arising from the diseased ash trees are managed in a way to minimise the impact on residents and to the local environment. This cooperation will continue into next year as the plans to replant and recover from the loss of mature trees are developed."

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