Trees may need to be removed in Reading, according to draft tree strategy

Reading Borough Council's Cabinet will decide whether to approve a draft tree strategy on Monday (18 January).

Reading Borough Council is planning to begin a consultation with the public on its draft tree strategy, if cabinet members approve the document.

The draft tree strategy document sets out three main elements:

  • Retaining and protecting existing trees with high amenity value in a
    suitable condition
  • Managing and maintaining the existing tree stock
  • Facilitating, encouraging and engaging in the planting of new trees

However, it notes that because of the age of much of the existing tree stock, "large numbers of trees could need to be removed in a relatively short space of time in the next few years, severely affecting the character and appearance of large parts of the town. Street trees in particular, will have to be removed in increasing numbers for safety reasons."

The council aims to reverse this trend, as well as increasing canopy cover by 10% by 2020.

The document notes that the council will not have the budgets available to plant new trees in the numbers needed to replace older specimens, or to help in climate change adaptation.

It therefore concludes that alternative sources of funding must be pursued to meet the aims of the strategy.

It is anticipated the final tree strategy will be complete by this summer.


Subscribe to Horticulture Week for more news, more in-depth features and more technical and market info.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Chainsaws - Improving performance

Battery chainsaws offer many advantages while innovative technology shelps the latest petrol models meet emissions standards, writes Sally Drury.

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

Chainsaws tested and reviewed: battery v petrol

How do the latest battery models shape up against new petrol chainsaws when tested at Bridgwater College? Sally Drury reports.

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources