A pilot scheme to trim more trees in Charnwood has been given the green light to take place over the summer.
Charnwood Borough Council has backed the recommendations put forward by the Tree Policy Scrutiny Panel.
The panel asked that the scheme would allow the council to ‘undertake a greater range of work to its trees and in particular where the council’s trees are having a negative impact on the wellbeing of residents.
The panel’s report to Charnwood’s cabinet continues: “The pilot project should take place across the borough and test different possible approaches, for example increased cyclical pruning as well as responding to a greater number of requests from the public for work to nuisance trees.”
The idea is that the findings during the scheme due to end in the autumn will then inform the council’s tree policy going forward.
Cabinet backed the scheme after officers stated £10,000 needed to run could be allocated from the authority’s reserves.
Roy Campsall chaired the Tree Policy Scrutiny panel.
He told the cabinet: “Most importantly the panel heard from local residents about how their lives had been blighted by overgrown, untrimmed trees.
“I’m glad to see that finances have been identified for the pilot scheme able to determine policy and provide help for tree officers in the borough.
“We’re challenging local people to take pride in their green spaces.”
The leader of the council David Slatter said: “We’re a forest borough, so therefore we have trees and we should look after our trees.”
Coun Hilary Fryer added: “We’re now bearing the problems of trees planted 20 to 30 years ago in the wrong place and of the wrong type.
“We’re now working closely with officer from development and planning to ensure the correct trees are planted in the correct place to avoid future problems.”