Penarth Civic Society is developing a “long-term strategy” to fund the replacement of pavement or highway trees in the town which are felled.
The Civic Society chairman Mr James Long says the funds raised will provide for the “replacement of felled trees in an adjacent location, restore original tree avenues, enhance the exiting town tree canopy and plant trees in streets where there are none.”
The issue of the progressive loss of Penarth’s distinctive highway trees has arisen again following the felling this week – by contractors working for the Vale of Glamorgan Council – of a large horse-chestnut tree in Paget Place Penarth.
This particular felling however has provoked no public reaction because, in this case, the removal of the tree was fully justified and it was carried out – to the letter – following the procedure now agreed between the Vale Council and Civic Society.
- The tree was diseased and had not produced new growth or leaf properly for several years.
- Vale of Glamorgan Council staff met the secretary of the Civic Society’s ‘Tree Forum’ and Mr Long its chairman on site to inspect the tree.
- The Society was briefed on the condition of the tree, and “after careful consideration decided not to contest the proposed felling”.
- The council posted public notices on the tree explaining why it was to be taken down.
The sequence of events appears to demonstrate that – not withstanding some hiccups in the past – the procedure agreed by the Vale Council and the Civic Society is now working as it should.
The Vale Council says the horse-chestnut had been monitored by the council for three years and was found to be “totally dead” and the base had started to rot. The tree had been suffering from a disease called “bleeding canker” which there is no way to stop once it takes hold .
A number of other horse-chestnuts in Penarth are also said to be suffering from the same disease and the council proposes that any replacement should be a “sweet chestnut” tree – a species less susceptible to the disease.