September 18, 2018

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Disease infected horse chestnut trees to be felled in Reading

Reading

A number of horse chestnut trees will be felled and replaced in Reading’s Prospect Park due to an outbreak of disease.

Despite ongoing monitoring, the south side of the driveway which leads to the Mansion House was felled, with plans to cut down and replace trees along the north side too.

Councillor Sarah Hacker, lead member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said: “Regretfully, the time has come to start replanting the north side of the avenue of trees at Prospect Park.

“We need to act now to remove these diseased trees so that they do not go on to contaminate other healthy trees in the park.

“Unfortunately, horse chestnuts are subject to a range of diseases.

“Since they are shedding limbs, they also represent a significant hazard to the public and the most sensible course of action is to remove and replace them with a hardier, disease resistant species as we have done successfully in 2016 with the south avenue.”

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