Trafford Council to spend £1m to replace trees

Trafford Council is undertaking a £1m tree replacement programme over the next two years to remove dead and damaged species.

Playing a major part in the work is a new tree-management system called Woodplan. This is a database which can prioritise which trees need to be dealt with.

Councillor Jonathan Coupe said: "Local people are very passionate about their environment and I can assure them that we will only be removing trees where it's absolutely necessary as part of this programme."

Two hundred trees that have been chopped down from Crossford Bridge playing fields in Sale will be replaced.

Councillor Jonathan Coupe said the trees were cut down after they were highlighted as a "serious danger".

"Action is being taken to remove them before any injury is caused to passing commuters or users of the sports ground," he said.

Work began to remove the trees, which were on land next to the A56, in November and is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

The trees were planted more than 50 years ago and during the last decade they have been badly affected by the weather.

In 2007, almost 50 trees were affected by severe storms.


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