A number of trees in the town which come under the direct control of Penarth Town Council are to be felled – or subjected to “treeworks” – under the latest advice from the council’s specialist tree consultants.
Amongst trees listed for felling and grinding down to ground level include the prominent Robinia tree at the front of Penarth Town Council’s HQ at West House which has had a number of previous narrow escapes and has a Tree Protection Order on it.
The Robinia’s full name is “Robinia pseudoacacia” and – despite appearances to the contrary – is not rated as a proper tree. Its roots are apparently affecting the council HQ’s drains – so the council has now decided to get the Tree Preservation Order – and the tree itself – removed.
Other trees to be included in the cull are 9 of the 360 growing in Penarth Cemetery – some of which a reported to be becoming “moribund with low vigour”.
In the Kymin grounds 4 trees are to be felled with 7 others listed to be reduced to “coppice stumps”.
Further treeworks are to be carried out at “St Augustine’s Triangle” – an island of greenery bounded by St Augustine’s Road, St Augustine’s Crescent and Church Place North. It was here that part of a 50-foot fir tree unexpectedly collapsed onto the road in July last year last year – narrowly missing a parked car.
At St Augustine’s Triangle – 3 trees have been marked (with yellow paint-dots) for felling out of the 72 trees at the site. The total budget for Penarth Town Council tree-works for this year is £7,350.
In a discussion on the treeworks in Penarth Town Council’s Leisure and Amenities Committee Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) noted that the “technical names” for all the trees in the report were in Latin and it was a bit difficult therefore for Londoners like himself to identify, from the list, the species of trees which were marked for felling .
There was laughter when committee chair Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) – to whom Cllr Wilson is married – explained that “Betula Pendula” is the Latin name for “Birch”.