Council seeks 'sponsor' to plant trees

Luton Council is looking for a sponsor after budget savings meant it could not replace horse chestnut trees at Pope's Meadow park.

Image: Morguefile
Image: Morguefile

The council cut them down because they were suffering from bleeding canker.

In a statement, the council said: "Sadly, most of the removed trees are chestnuts suffering from a disease called bleeding canker.

"This pathogen weakens the tree until it becomes liable to drop large limbs in windy conditions - this position next to the main road makes the tree high risk, hence the removal.

"Previously we have tried to prune back heavily instead of removal, but the trees have failed to respond to this treatment, so the only course of action is to remove the affected trees. (There was also one other dead tree that had to be removed at this location).

"Tree replacement budgets have been removed due to budget savings so we will need to seek a sponsor to cover the costs of a replanting scheme"




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