Highway crews are carrying out essential work around the Gloucestershire to remove unsafe trees infected with ash dieback.
Ash trees are very common in Gloucestershire, and it’s estimated between 27,000 to 32,000 GCC Highways trees will require attention over the coming years.
A wide scale tree planting programme is being developed as part of the county council’s climate change strategy. The Million Trees Challenge is its aspiration to increase tree coverage in the county by 2030, working with members of the Local Nature Partnership. Currently, suitable areas for tree planting are being identified and a strategy on tree planting will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting in October. Gloucestershire County Council expect to see the first trees planted later this year.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Cutting down any tree is a huge loss to our county’s biodiversity, but this is something we must do to stop more trees becoming diseased. We are fully committed to stopping this disease, saving as many trees as we can and undertaking a programme of tree planting throughout the county.”