Large-scale planting undertaken from the late 1960s has forced Telford council to slowly remove many trees as a part of their ‘Pride in Our Community’ tree management program.
Millions of trees that had been planted by the Telford Development Corporation, which included oak, pine, chestnut, willow and poplar trees, were planted along roadside, around housing estates and as woodlands.
The Pride in Our Community initiative was undertaken to ensure trees had enough light to thrive by removing some of the millions planted.
A tree survey has now been commissioned to ensure a healthy population of trees with a ‘right tree in the right place’ approach.
The survey is the first stage of adopting a new approach to looking after trees as the council prepares for a new service contract in April 2019, recording every tree location, type, proximity to buildings, overall health, current height and spread and any impact it they may have on residents properties.
Councillor John Minor, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for leisure, green spaces and parks, said: “Looking after the health of our trees is important, as is ensuring our residents benefit from an attractive landscape.
“This survey will provide an updated map of the millions of council-owned trees in the borough, so that we know what tree is where and can plan our tree maintenance work and future planting schemes more effectively.”
Work to address issues with trees in other parts of the borough will continue to be undertaken on a case by case basis and residents are reminded to report concerns to the council.