Council Begins Intensive Work on Trees Across The Borough
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, visited the
Council’s tree contractors in Quantock Close, Putnoe, to see for
himself the additional work being done across the borough to
preserve our trees following the approval of additional investment
in this year’s Council budget.
His visit comes at the start of a programme of work on trees across
Bedford Borough aimed at ensuring the trees themselves continue to
be a safe and loved part of the borough, following the allocation
of annual investment of £120,000 in this year’s Council budget.
The Council is also investing an additional £60,000 over three
years through its capital programme in the planting of new
Tree maintenance work is often extremely busy at this time of year
but the recent wet winter followed by a warm spring and early
summer has led to unusually rapid growth of the foliage.
The majority of the work involves trimming ‘basal growth’. This is
the term used to describe the growth from the base or stem of a
tree. This growth occurs on a range of tree species, however it is
usually most pronounced on Lime trees, of which there are many
hundreds across Bedford. Trimming this growth does not damage the
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Bedford Borough has
thousands of trees which help to create our beautiful surroundings.
However, as a result and especially at this time of year, we are
kept very busy maintaining the trees to ensure they are kept as
healthy as possible.
“Trimming basal growth is a vitally important job, especially on
major routes in the borough. The shoots often grow vigorously and
when they are near roads can grow into carriageways or across
footpaths meaning they must be dealt with quickly and
“As for the trees found on the Embankment, many have undergone
pruning ahead of the River Festival. One of the mature London Plane
trees was in a poor condition and needed to be cut back quite
considerably. I appreciate this may appear upsetting to some people
but this is genuinely the only alternative to removing it